Deadly Facts About Drunk Driving You Probably Didn’t Know

Deadly Facts About Drunk Driving You Probably Didn’t Know

What if I told you that in a 2013 survey of high school students in Ontario, a full 18% reported being in a car with a driver who had been drinking? What if you found out that of the 211 children killed in accidents caused by drunk driving in 2010, 62% were riding with the drunk driver who caused the accident? According to the most recently available statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2,100 people are killed annually because someone chooses to get behind the wheel with alcohol in their system, and the problem, ostensibly, is only getting worse. The Drunk Driving Problem Starts Young A 2014 study on drunk driving from Harvard Medical School uncovered some troubling statistics. Of high schoolers 16-18 years old, 12 to 14% reported they had driven while impaired within the last month. A staggering 23 to 38% said they had ridden with a driver who was impaired by drugs or alcohol within the last month. The effect of being counted among either statistic is equally damaging, with teen drivers being 11 times more likely to drive impaired as someone who has never ridden with an impaired driver. Parents Can Lead by Example Nearly a third, or 30%, of American drivers report having been involved, whether as a driver or a passenger, in an accident caused by drunk driving in their lifetime. As you’ve seen, teens are most likely to be involved in these sorts of accidents than more experienced, more mature drivers. Teens already face a 3.6 times greater chance of being in an accident when they are carrying passengers,...