The Dangers of Driving Under the Influence Driving under the influence is a growing problem in our society. This blog post will discuss statistics and dangers associated with being impaired while driving, as well as some tips to avoid becoming and staying impaired while driving.
According to the CDC, nearly one third of all traffic fatalities are connected to alcohol. This makes driving with a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.08% illegal in every state. Driving under the influence can lead to fatal collisions that injure or kill innocent bystanders and drivers alike as well as those who were drinking initially (the driver).
In 2015, 33% of people killed in crashes involving an impaired driver had no idea they were about to collide with another vehicle when it happened. Those percentages increased for pedestrians – 41%, bicyclists – 29%, other motorcyclist 26%. Women accounted for 20% of deaths from DUI related car accidents versus 14% men and 15 year old accounted for 12% vs 17 year old’s.