Drunk Driving Statistics
In a study conducted by MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Driving), during the years 1999 to 2008 there were a total of 2,050,132 impaired driving accidents. The total cost of these accidents was an estimated $205.3 billion. That is approximately $6,221 per Canadian. Broken down annually, the estimated cost to Canadians is $20.53 billion, or approximately $622 per person per year. Besides the cost, fatalities are a massive issue when it comes to driving under the influences. Young people seem to--often--be the ones making the poor decision to drive impaired. According to a study conducted in 2006, among drivers killed, 38.2% of 16-19 year old drivers and 45.4% of 20-25 year old drivers were drunk and/or on drugs. In 1999 to 2008, there was a total of 12,100 impaired driving crashes causing death. Annually, that averages to 1,210 deaths per year. That means there are 1,210 families that lose a parent, child, or other relative every year in Canada. However, not everyone involved in alcohol and/or drug related crashes ends up dying. In 2008, there were approximately 68,538 people injured due to impaired driving. As most of us know, operating a motor vehicle while impaired is never an intelligent decision. When someone drives under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, they can cause issues that affect Canadian's nation-wide. Driving is fun, but drinking and driving is not! Hundreds of people are killed and thousands are injured every year in an accident with a drunk driver. This issue doesn’t only affect the victim itself, but the families, loved ones and communities as well. Drunk driving amongst teens is a serious issue, and is growing by the minute. Drunk driving is somebody’s choice or somebody’s authorization to get behind the wheel when they are clearly impaired. The scars from a drunk driving accident take an emotional and physical toll on the victim, the families, their loved ones, and their communities. 45% of road accidents amongst...
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