It doesn’t take endless hours of research to convince anybody that drunk driving is unsafe and an overall bad idea. We know of the dangers associated and we’ve all heard of tragic outcomes following a drunk driving incident. Why, though, is that not enough to keep people off the roads after consuming alcohol? Taking a deeper look into just how dangerous drunk driving is, we are able to expose some of the realities that might not be as well known.
- A drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence, on average, before their first arrest. Drunk driving is an epidemic. That first arrest isn’t just a “wrong place at the wrong time” scenario. When looking at the average, that first arrest is symbolic of the 80+ times that individual has placed themselves and others in danger by driving while intoxicated. (dosomething.org)
- In the US, somebody is killed in an alcohol-related crash every 51 minutes. When you do the math, this equals 27 people each day. As if this number isn’t shocking enough, add on the fact that somebody is injured every 120 seconds in a drunk driving incident.
- Between 50 and 75 percent of people continue driving illegally after they’ve had their license revoked due to drunk driving. This reinforces the need for ignition interlock devices to be installed in a vehicle after even the first offense.
- Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. A shocking third of those deaths involve alcohol or another substance. In addition, teens that got involved with alcohol at a young age are seven times more likely to become involved in a crash involving alcohol.
- When looking at fatal crashes from 2014, drunk drivers between the ages of 21 to 34 represented almost 60% of the fatalities. (madd.org)
The statistics are alarming, but still, people choose to drink and drive. Ignition interlock devices are the only way to ensure somebody is unable to start their vehicle after they’ve consumed alcohol. To learn more about preventing drunk driving with the use of an ignition interlock device, call us today at (855) 531-5244.