The Dangers of Drunk Driving

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Get The Facts:

  • In 2011, 9,878 people were killed and approximately 350,000 were injured.
  • Every 53 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash.
  • Every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of drunk driving.
  • About 1 in ever 2,000 trips in cars each year are taken by those who are driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • 1 out of every 3 traffic deaths involve a drunk driver.
  • About one-third of drunk driving problems come from repeat offenders – even when their license is taken away, 50-75% of them drive anyway.

How You Can Help:

  • Be a non-drinking designated driver: the safest driver is with a non-drinking driver. Plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before festivities begin.
  • Email your legislators: send a personalized message to your representatives about the issues important to you. By participating, you will help pass legislation to keep our roads safe from drunk driving and to prevent underage drinking.
  • Recognize & report drunk drivers: look for signs of a drunk driver such as quick acceleration and deceleration, tailgating, zigzagging and swerving, almost striking objects, etc. If you notice a drunk driver, stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible. Do not try to pass the vehicle. Take notice of the license plate number including the make and model of the car. Pull over and call 911 to report the exact location, license plate number, and make and model of the car.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver, contact us immediately.

Learn more about how you can help at: http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/how-you-can-help/