December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and traffic safety organizations around the country are stepping up advertising to remind citizens of the hazards of drinking and driving.
In 2011, a person died every 53 minutes from a motor vehicle crash that involved an alcohol-impaired driver, totaling 9,878 deaths in the United States. These preventable accidents cost each adult in the United States approximately $500 per year for a total of $132 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults drove impaired 112 million times in 2010 – almost 300,000 incidents each day. In 2011, 226 children were killed in drunken driving accidents, and over half of those children were riding in the vehicle with the drunken driver. Read More