ACE 'Straightening' Things Out

The Mechanic Speak blog will delve deeper into mechanical and repair related subject matter, offering a unique perspective for drivers and car enthusiasts alike.

Pre-Holiday Season Mindset: THINK B 4 U SYNC, LINK OR DRINK

With the advent of even more intelligent 'smart' phones, the topic of distracted driving continues to dominate our daily headlines.  Too many drivers today are attempting to SYNC and LINK up with friends and family via smart phones behind the wheel.  While distracted driving is a very real, very serious issue for drivers young and old, we can't allow the swift advancement of handheld technology overshadow another well-known ... very real, very serious driving danger ... operating a vehicle while under the influence.

As the 2013 holiday season fast approaches, we wanted to take a quick moment to pass along some equally real statistics to consider this holiday season.

Did You Know:

  • Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Blincoe, Lawrence, et al. "The Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes 2000." Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2002. NHTSA FARS data, 2011.
  • On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "The Traffic Stop and You: Improving Communications between Citizens and Law Enforcement." National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, March 2001, DOT HS 809 212.
  • Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2012.
  • Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2010.
  • Adults drank too much and drive about 112 million times per year - almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving a day. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 2011).
  • The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent). (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings." September 2011.)


Designate a Driver

Source:  Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD)




To enable comments sign up for a Disqus account and enter your Disqus shortname in the Articulate node settings.