There are a lot of misconceptions about drunk driving out there. Many people think it’s easy to get away with drunk driving and that it’s not as much of a problem as anti-drug or anti-drunk driving groups make it out to be. The truth is though, driving while intoxicated is a serious problem for all communities. If you or someone you know has gotten a DUI, you need to read the facts below. Perhaps being informed and knowledgeable about drunk driving problems will prevent you or your loved ones from drunkenly getting behind the wheel.
- Time is the only thing that makes people sober up. A cold shower or a cup of coffee will not reduce a person’s BAC. This means if you’ve been drinking and have somewhere to be, it needs to wait. Getting somewhere late is better than not getting there at all or worse, getting into an accident and harming yourself and others.
- Every two minutes, an individual is injured in a drunk driving accident.While people are sometimes able to walk away from a drunk driving crash, there is still a strong possibility of severe injury. Not everyone who is involved in a drunk driving crash dies, but a lot of people are hurt so badly that they live with the complications and are affected for the rest of their lives.
- In the US, 28 people die each day as a result of drunk driving crashes. No one wants to be responsible for taking the life of another person because of a few drinks and a poor decision. If you’ve driven drunk and haven’t injured someone, you are lucky. Don’t take your chances and risk other people’s lives and your own by choosing to drive drunk again.
- About one-third of all convicted and arrested drunk drivers are repeat offenders. It’s important to learn from our mistakes and not put ourselves or others in harm’s way by getting multiple DUI convictions. Learn the first time, before it’s too late.
If these facts and stats were a wake up call for you, it’s time to take charge of your actions. If you or someone you know has been convicted of a DUI, you need to learn about what your next steps are and how to get everything in your life back on track. We’re here to help; contact us today.
Stats sources: MADD