Drunk drivers are time bombs. Every 40 minutes, a person in the United States is killed by a drunk driver. Every other minute, a drunk driver injures someone.
Those sobering car accident statistics come from the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has declared December 3D Month (National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month).
Adding It Up
Statistics compiled by the agency and others tell a grim story of preventable crashes, injuries and deaths caused by drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs in Wisconsin and across the nation:
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says about three of every 10 people will be in an alcohol-related car crash in their lives.
- Each year, more than 1.4 million Americans are arrested for driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Nearly a third of all traffic deaths occurred in alcohol-related crashes in 2006.
- Impaired driving crashes cost Americans over $50 billion each year.
Helpful Holiday Hints
During the holiday season and every other part of the year, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your friends to help everyone stay safe and avoid driving while impaired by alcohol:
- Designate a sober driver before all holiday celebrations or other events at which alcohol will be served.
- Don't let a friend or anyone else drive while drunk: take their car keys.
- If you're hosting a holiday party, remind your friends and family beforehand to designate drivers; make sure your guests leave the party with an unimpaired driver.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month": December 2, 2010