A recent study, released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the financial impact of motor vehicle crashes, shows that if drunk driving continues at its present level, an average of two out of three people in the United States will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. This is a significant increase over previous data, which estimated that one in three people will be involved.
In light of these concerning new findings, and in an ongoing effort to prevent the devastating consequences of drunk driving, MADD is calling on Americans to renew their commitment to drunk driving prevention this summer.
Other significant drunk driving findings from the study include:
- The economic impact of drunk driving is second only to speeding.
- The annual cost of drunk driving in the U.S. is $199 billion, which is up from previous estimates of $132 billion.
- The number of injuries each year attributed to drunk driving is 290,000, which is down from previous estimates of 345,000 injuries.
- The number of crashes each year that involve a drunk driver is 2.65 million, which is up from 2.09 million in 2000.
This should serve as a wake-up call. There is no denying the devastating impact of drunk driving on our families, communities, and the country as a whole. Luckily, the solution is simple: just don’t drink and drive. It’s not worth it.
For more information about MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, visit www.madd.org/campaign.