You would think that today, with all of the increased emphasis on healthy eating, exercising, the banning of smoking in public places, that the same agenda would extend towards drinking – especially drinking and driving – well you would be wrong!
A recent survey released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reported that over 17 million drivers admitted to driving drunk last year – 17 million! This represents almost eight percent of all drivers. Wait – the news gets worse, if that is possible. The youngest drivers – those between 16 and 20 – reported that they had as many as six drinks before getting behind the wheel. Yes, males are more likely to drive drunk than females – but they are also more likely to look for a ride home than women are.
More people died in alcohol-involved crashes in July and August than in any other months in 2009. While the number of alcohol-involved fatalities has continued to decline in Michigan, crashes involving alcohol are eight times more likely to be fatal than those not involving alcohol. During last year's Labor Day holiday period, four people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes.
It is no surprise then, that you see a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving – and you can bet they will be out this Labor Day holiday weekend, too. The extended patrols are part of the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest program.
Be smart – don’t drink and drive. If you do – I hope you get caught because I don’t want you driving next to me putting me and my family at risk.