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Drinking and driving. We all know about the risks. There are commercials, ads, We all are told not to for our whole lives. And yet, people are still driving under the influence every day. Every day more people take not only their lives, but the lives of many people into their hands.
Despite all the facts being available and constantly presented, there are more than 10,000 deaths related to impaired drivers every year. Somebody’s child, somebody’s mother or father. If that number isn’t enough to get attention, think of this: The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion. That is money that we ALL have to pay. We pay in increased health care premiums. We pay in increase auto and life issuance rates. Even if you are never in an impaired driving incident, you will be paying. So what can we do?
We have to remember, drinking under the influence is more than driving drunk. Any amount of alcohol IS an influence. Any influence can affect your basic decisions. We all metabolize our intakes differently, but make no mistake. Even a little bit will be an influence. Keep this in mind. Remind others around you.
Make a plan for a way home. Don’t assume that you will be ok. How would you feel if you lost your spouse, or child because someone assumed they were “OK” to drive? Take an other way home. Don’t let yourself become a statistic.
While some areas are seeing an improvement in the occurrences of impaired driving, there are some areas that are seeing an increase. It is a really sad thing to think that people still don’t get it.
Check out http://www.newyorkduilawyer.net/new-york-dui-info/analysis-drunk-driving-fatalities-state/ to see shocking break downs by state.