MIAMI BEACH – Drunk driving is common and a deadly combination around the holidays. It has an impact on our safety on the roads as well as from a more broad, economic standpoint. From a statistical standpoint, it is clear that drunk driving causes damage to people and property. Just take a look:
In March of 2012, the National Highway Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that impairment has nothing to do with the type of drink that is drank. Rather, it has to do with the sheer amount of alcohol ingested and the amount of time that is done within.
The National Highwayand Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) reports that just about every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving accident. They also report that, in 2011, 9,878 people died in drunk driving accidents. And, one in three people will be involved in an alcohol related crash in his or her lifetime. That was one every 53 minutes. The NHTSA reports that drunk driving costs our Country about $500.00 per day and 132 billion dollars per year.