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The Deadly Dangers of

DRINKING and DRIVING!

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 Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention

SADD: 30 Years of Making a Difference

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Drunk and drugged driving can result in horrible tragedies and loss of life.

112 million times a year alcohol-impaired drivers put you at risk. CDC Vital Signs. http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/DrinkingAndDriving/

Drunk and Drugged Driving Facts:

  • In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.  (NHTSA, 2012)
  • Of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2010, 211 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.  (NHTSA, 2012)
  • In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.  (DOJ, 2012)
  • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g. marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths.  These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.  (Jones, Walsh, 2003

 

Drunk and Drugged Driving and Young People

1 in 3 crash diver deaths involves a drunk driver. CDC Vital Signs. www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/DrinkingAndDriving/

  • At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people.  (Zador, Krawchuk, & Voas, 2000)
  • Among drivers with BAC levels of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes in 2010, more than one out of every 3 were between 21 and 24 years of age (34%).  The next two largest groups were ages 25-34 and 35-44. (NHTSA, 2012)

Drugged Driving

Drugs, even those prescribed by a physician, can impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory.  Recent surveys have shown how pervasive drugged driving has become in the United States.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is taking steps to highlight the growing problem of drugged driving.

The National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, a nationally representative survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that in 2007, approximately one in eight weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illicit drugs.  Moreover, approximately one in eight high school seniors responded to the 2010Monitoring the Future Study (MTF) reported driving after smoking marijuana within two weeks prior to the survey interview.  These results highlight the scope of drugged driving in America and reinforce the importance of reducing all drug abuse.

Drug Involvement of Fatally Injured Drivers (a 2010 NHTSA fact sheet)
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, contains a number of variables to describe drug involvement for those in fatal crashes. Overall, 3,952 fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug involvement in 2009.

Make healthy choices…

However, all of this is easily avoided by making smart choices.  If you are at a holiday party, think about how much alcohol you consume and have arrangements and back-up plans if you are impaired and unable to drive a vehicle.  However, driving is not just impaired by alcohol consumption.  Our ability to safely drive a motor vehicle can also be impacted by drug use, including medical marijuana and prescription drugs.  When you drive drunk or drugged, you aren’t just putting yourself at risk, you are endangering anyone else who is in your vehicle and everyone else on the road.

Other Links and Resources:

Impaired Driving – Maine Bureau of Highway Safety

CDC – Impaired Driving: Get the Facts

Office of National Drug Control Policy – Drugged Driving

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 Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention

a time to raise awareness about the consequences

of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

 

Get the Facts

  •   Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol- impaired driver. (Source: CDC)
  •   In 2010, there were 431 alcohol- related motor vehicle fatalities in Ohio. (Source: Ohio DPS)
  •   Of drivers tested, 1/3 of fatallyinjured drivers in Ohio testedpositive for drugs from 2005-2009. (Source: NHTSA)Drugged Driving Prevention
    •   Alldriversmustunderstandthat drugged driving is as dangerous as drunk driving and that driving under the influence of certain prescription medications is considered impaired driving.
    •   As with a drunk driver, never ride in a car with a driver you suspect is under the influence.

Drunk Driving Prevention

  •   Designateasoberdriverbefore celebrations begin.
  •   Never serve those under the age of 21 alcohol.
  •   Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests and not serving alcohol the last hour of the gathering.For More InformationNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration:www.nhtsa.gov/ImpairedCenters for Disease Control:www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/Mothers Against Drunk Driving: www.madd.org/feature-stories/december/december-is- national-drunk.html

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