Drinking and driving is a very polarizing topic in society. Whether you’ve driven under the influence in the past or know somebody who has been arrested for a DWI, everybody has a story that hits close to home. However, not everyone knows the facts regarding drinking and driving. There are so many myths floating around that either facilitate wrong information or mask the truth. As a friend and driver, it’s important that you
understand the truth.
Examining the Statistics
The truth of the matter is that operating a vehicle while intoxicated is extremely dangerous. Not only do you put your own life at risk, but you also place dozens, or even hundreds, of other innocent bystanders and drivers at risk. Sadly, this fact isn’t enough to deter many people from making bad choices.
However, statistics sometimes do a better job of helping people realize the full effects of a situation or epidemic. Take, for example, the fact that ever two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. What about the fact that drunk driving costs the United States just shy of $200 billion each year? Did you know that two out of ever three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash over the course of their lifetime?