This month is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and the effort is being sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our lawyers here at Rizk Law. Every year in the United States over 13,000 people die from car accidents that involve a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That is 36 people who die every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign is asking that citizens consider what they and their communities can do to prevent and lessen the amount of injuries and deaths caused by impaired drivers.
At some point in their lives, around three out of 10 drivers in the United States will be involved in a car crash that was caused by alcohol use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost one-third of traffic related deaths in 2006 were caused by alcohol impaired drivers and nearly 13,500 people that year lost their lives to drunken driving. The problem is further demonstrated by the arrests of 1.4 million drivers who drove under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. That arrest number comes from just one year but makes up for only one percent of the 159 million people in the United States that admit to driving under the influence every year.
In order to reduce the amount of impaired driving and the amount of car accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made some suggestions. The Administration reminds drivers and their passengers to plan ahead and to designate a sober driver before celebrating begins. Hosts should also play their role by ensuring that all guests leave with a sober driver. Finally, as the saying goes, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk,” so take away keys if someone wants to drive impaired.