The “In The Know: Driving Under the Influence” Presentation Card is a powerful tool to present the startling realities and consequences associated with drunk and drugged driving. It concentrates on the facts and statistics behind driving under the influence in order to convey just how serious of a problem it is.
Of the 40,000 fatal car crashes each year, 16,000 of these crashes are alcohol or drug related. This works out to 27 deaths every day that happen due to impaired driving or one drunk driving death happening every 53 minutes. Injuries stemming from impaired driving are much more common – every 90 seconds someone is injured in a drunk driving crash. Drunk driving is so prevalent that it’s estimated that one-third of all Americans will be involved an alcohol-related crash.
Unfortunately, young children are not immune from these sad statistics. About 17% of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involve children ages 14 and under. Most of the children who are killed in drunk driving crashes are riding with the drunk driver. Drunk driving costs the United States approximately $132 billion each year and it costs each adult in the country almost $500 per year.
The display goes on to identify just how much alcohol it takes to be considered legally drunk. The legal blood alcohol content is .08, which is achieved by having three drinks (for women) or four drink (for men). The rate of drunk driving is highest among drivers ages 21 to 25 years old. Drivers in this age range with a BAC of .08 are also involved in 34% of fatal car crashes.
On average, a drunk driver will drive intoxicated 80 times before the first arrest. Even after being convicted, 50 to 75 percent of drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license. About one-third of all drivers who are arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
When it comes to drugged driving, 10 million people have reported driving while using drugs. Males are 84% more likely to drive under the influence of drugs than females. And 18% of deceased drivers test positive for illegal substances.
The card concludes by providing ways that your audience can make a difference. They should never accept a ride from someone who has been drinking or using drugs. If they’re hosting, they should make sure that there are plenty of non-alcoholic choices and that every guest leaves with a sober driver. Having a Designated Driver is crucial when going out and drinking alcohol. And if a Designated Driver is not a possibility, other arrangements, like calling a taxi or using public transportation, should be made.