Labor Day weekend is right around the corner. Most take this extra day off from work to have fun, relax and visit with friends and family. It also means having a few drinks at the beach, a barbecue or while hanging out in the backyard.
Unfortunately, it also means drunk driving and fatalities related to driving drunk take an upward turn. That's why people are starting to work together to bring awareness to this fatal issue. If you need an Asheville alcohol rehab center than you can trust, call Legacy Freedom today.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a campaign that starts August 15th and runs through September 1st to help those unaware of the high rate of drunk driving fatality become more familiar with the dangers. With awareness the campaign combines high-visibility enforcement. The hope is to decrease the amount of drivers that are drunk, on the roads during the Labor Day weekend and hopefully, the rest of the year, as well.
How Big is the Problem?
According to a 2014 NHTSA report, crashes caused by drunk drivers cost the nation $47 billion in direct economic impacts in 2010, an average cost of $152 for every person in the U.S., and rose to $195 billion when the overall harm to society due to loss of life and quality of life was included.
Also according to a 2014 NHTSA report, in 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
Over Labor Day weekend in 2010, almost 40 percent of all traffic fatalities were due to drunk-driving related crashes.
NHTSA Statistics for Drunk Driving:
- In every state in our country, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, but in 2013, one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes.
- Approximately 1 in 5 child (12 and younger) passenger fatalities involved drunk driving, and 71 percent of the time, it was the driver of the child’s vehicle who was impaired.
- In the month of August, over the 5-year period from 2009-2013, 8 percent of the drunk drivers in fatal crashes had one or more previous convictions for impaired driving.
NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman states, "The costs of drunk driving — in lives and economic harm — are far too high for anyone to ever get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking. Do not make one of the last wonderful days of summer the final tragic day of your life – or someone else’s – by driving after drinking. Remember to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'."
This is a serious problem that can be stopped if everyone tries to make a difference. The only way to stop drunk driving related fatalities is by choosing never to drive while under the influence of alcohol. Even if you've only had a drink or two, choose not to drive. The difference in your choices could mean saving your life or someone else's.
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