The Dangers of Drunk Driving

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Monday, April 13, 2015


Drinking and driving is never a good idea and should be avoided at all costs.

  1. Between 2003 and 2012, 8,476 people lost their lives in Florida drunk driving accidents.
    • That’s 71 victims per month, 17 a week, and just over 2 a day in Florida alone!
    • Fatalities from drunk driving still account for 28% of all traffic deaths in Florida.
  2. Drunk driving resulted in 7,825 car accident injuries in a single recent year. That’s about 22 a day.
  3. Floridians are more likely than the national average to admit to driving drunk.
  4. Florida’s drunk driving death rates are higher than the national average.
    • The nationwide drunk driving death rate is 3.3 deaths per 100,000 people. In Florida, the number jumps to 3.7 deaths per 100,000 people.
    • Among Floridians ages 21 to 34, the difference between the national death rate and Florida’s is even greater: 6.7 per 100,000 nationwide, compared to 8.0 per 100,000 within the state.
  5. Taxpayers pay an average of $3.5 billion each year for drunk driving accidents and deaths.
  6. Men are more likely than women to die in crashes caused by drunk driving.
    • In Florida, 5.7 men per 100,000 died in drunk driving crashes, compared to 1.7 women per 100,000.
    • Both numbers were higher than the national averages of 5.2 men and 1.5 women per 100,000.
  7. Underage and binge drinking are significant problems in Florida, and a big contributor to drunk driving car accidents.
    • Among young people ages 12 to 20, 17.6%, or 376,000, admitted to binge drinking in the past month. Young drivers already face some of the worst car crash rates on Florida roads due to lack of experience behind the wheel. When alcohol is added to the mix, the problem becomes much worse.
  8. Drivers between ages 15 and 24 are the most likely to cause a drunk driving accident.
    • Recent data shows Florida drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 caused 610 drunk driving accidents and 23 fatal drunk driving crashes, despite being prohibited from legally consuming alcohol.
    • Drivers aged between 20 and 24 caused 2,264 drunk driving crashes in Florida, including 100 fatal crashes. Together, the two age groups accounted for more than twice as many crashes as drivers in their late 20s, and more than three times as many crashes as drivers in their 50s.
  9. Choosing to walk home after you’ve been drinking won’t always keep you safe.
    • Recent studies show that 9.4% of all pedestrians involved in car accidents were under the influence when the vehicle hit them.
    • It is recommended to taking a taxi or ride-share, or staying at a friend’s house is the safest option after you’ve been drinking.
  10. Biking intoxicated can be just as damaging.
    • In a single year, 69 bicyclists suffered incapacitating injuries attempting to ride their bicycles while drunk, which resulted in a collision with a vehicle.
    • Twenty two bicyclists who attempted to ride while drunk lost their lives in such collisions.
  11. Holidays are the most dangerous time for alcohol-related crashes in Florida.
    • On Labor Day, for example, there was one fatality every 6.4 hours.

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