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Drunk Driving Deaths Increased in 2012
By MADD | November 14, 2013| 7 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new data today showing 10,322 drunk driving fatalities in 2012—compared to 9,865 in 2011. 

Last year, we celebrated a milestone when drunk driving deaths fell below 10,000, so this news is incredibly disappointing. For the first time in six years, drunk driving deaths have increased. And not just by a little – by almost five percent.

NHTSA also announced that overall traffic fatalities increased to 33,561, which is a 3.3 percent increase from last year.  So the fact that drunk driving deaths increased at an even higher rate is extremely alarming.  It shows us that there is an urgent need to vigilantly take action to eliminate drunk driving and double-down on drunk driving countermeasures that are proven to work through the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.

It’s time for every state across the country to pass laws to require all convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device.  To date, 20 states have passed such laws and have seen significant decreases in drunk driving deaths.

Click here to see how your state did.

As we approach the holiday season, a time when drunk driving fatalities spike, MADD stands with our heroes in law enforcement as they conduct more sobriety checkpoints in conjunction with NHTSA’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  MADD urges everyone to plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver.

You can help make 2014 a banner year in the fight against drunk driving by becoming a MADD volunteer, or making a donation in honor and memory of those we’ve lost and in hope of a brighter future.

 


   

Comments

Submitted by Peter at 06:02 PM on October 6, 2014
There's one approach that will reduce drunk driving, it's being used in most civilized countries: Allow the police to have unannounced checkpoints on a regular basis and enforce them. I've tried sitting in my car on my way back from dinner after 2 beers and when you see the blue lights in front of you, you get nervous even though you're "OK to drive". I WAS OK to drive but each time I go out, I remind myself that I might run into a checkpoint. Some people will argue it's loss of personal freedom, and I agree. Just like the security checkpoint at the airport is. We make a choice as a society: Do we REALLY want to reduce DUI deaths, then we have to compromise. I think being pulled over once a year on avg for 5 minutes is a small price to pay in return for not having to worry about whether a drunk driver is going to run a red light as I pass for green. We did it with airport security and we haven't had a major terror attack since 9/11. We can drastically reduct the number of traffic deaths if we want to make a few compromises.
Submitted by dr at 08:38 AM on May 20, 2014
It stands to reason that the number would increase when the laws changed from .01 to .08. It changed the target audience for convictions and takes away from the intent of the organization. It has become a machine that is incapable of reason. Like its counterpart dare that is funded from the baptist community it pushes an agenda on everyone and makes no distinction in extreme violators and those that pose little more threat than a tired driver.
Submitted by RJ3 at 10:20 AM on December 17, 2013
Yep - they want prohibition, not responsibility.
Submitted by Brewbird at 01:55 PM on December 11, 2013
Unfortunately, these "services” have nothing to do with drunk driving; it is a manifestation of MADD’s deep-seated belief that any and all drinking before driving should be prohibited — regardless of whether it’s done responsibly and legally. Instead of focusing on repeat offenders and those who are too drunk to drive, the twenty-first-century MADD endorses higher beverage taxes, needlessly low drunk driving arrest thresholds, and roadblocks designed to frighten people out of social drinking. These tactics have failed to reduce drunk driving deaths, since they target social drinkers, not product abusers.
Submitted by JJ at 11:57 AM on December 11, 2013
This whole thing has been pushed too far. Inflated statics and voodoo science have caused states to push more and more REVENUE generating laws (e.g., lowering the already ridiculous 1.0 BAC to 0.8 - any soon maybe lower?). Which you guessed it, allow organizations like this one to keep pushing their profits up as well. This isn't about drunk driving anymore, it's about money. Are drivers with BAC of 0.8-1.0 "impaired" slightly? Sure. But compared with the 1,000 other activates that "impair" drivers that's no worse. But hey there's an outcry against "drunk" driving, and inaccurate methods of detecting low levels of it, so why not make some money from it? If only there was an outcry against listening to the radio while driving, or talking to someone in the car while driving. But then you'd need a way to make money from it. If you are truly drunk, with an actual inability to operate a vehicle, then I say lock them up. But when the "impairment" is on par with driving home after a long day at work (aka tired), then you have to admit it's really just about the money.
Submitted by CeeJay at 12:27 PM on December 3, 2013
Actually, that money does go towards helping victims. All of the services that MADD provides for victims of impaired driving crashes are "free of charge". That is why MADD generates income from Victim Impact Panels, Walks and other fund raisers. If they did not raise money, they could not continue to assist so many victims. They also change lives by showing offenders the impact of their decisions to drink and drive through Victim Impact Panels.
Submitted by dra99on at 06:24 AM on November 15, 2013
Where are the links to get help for the individuals that drink? If your trying to prevent intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel, shouldn't you post up some help links? Phone numbers? Help lines for drinkers? $4.5 million from "Victim Impact Panels" MADD took in over $4.5 million in 2008 from drunk driving offenders who were court ordered to attend MADD’s "Victim Impact Panels." Having only spent $307,232 to hold these meetings, MADD’s profit margins from these court orders exceed 94%, or $4.25 million. As a non-governmental organization, it seems inappropriate that MADD is making a profit from court orders (if anything, that money should go toward helping victims).

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