Driving motor vehicles is the major means of transportation in the United States. Individuals have the opportunity to travel freely. Even with all of our independence, there is a tremendous responsibility to be safe and responsible drivers.
Traffic Collisions are the leading cause of death for all individuals ranging from 4 to 33 years of age. Traffic fatalities account for more than 90% of all transportation related deaths in the United States each year.
|The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated the economic cost of motor vehicle crashes to be $230.6 billion annually.|
United States Crash Facts:
In 2009, 33,808 people were killed in the estimated 5,505,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes. 2,217,000 people were injured, and there were 3,957,000 property damage collisions.
An average of 93 persons died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. This means there was on an average one death every 16 minutes.
The economic cost to the citizens of the United States as a result of motor vehicle crashes amounts to about $230.6 billion every year. These costs result from medical, property damage, loss of productivity and insurance.
Resource: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2009, Overview, DOT-HS-811-392, National Center for Statistics & Analysis, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590, pages 1, 2
In 2009, in the United States, there were 10,839 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes.
In 2009, 32 percent of fatal crashes in the United States involved alcohol.
In 2009, in the United States, there were 10,839 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes. This means that on average, in the United States, there was one alcohol-related fatality every 48 minutes that year alone.
Of the 10,389 people who died in alcohol-related crashes in 2009, 7,281 (67%) were drivers with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Of the 7,281 drivers with a BAC level of .08 g/dL involved in fatal crashes in 2009, 29% were motorcycle riders, 23% drivers of light trucks, 23% of passenger vehicles, and 2% operators of large trucks.
Over 1.48 million drivers were arrested in the United States in 2009 for driving under the influence. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 141 licensed drivers.
Resources:U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2009, Alcohol, DOT-HS-811-3850 and Overview, DOT-HS 811-392, National Center for Statistics & Analysis, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590, pages 1, 2, http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/alerts/l/blnaa11.htm
Florida Crash Facts:
In 2010 there were 2,261 fatal crashes resulting in 2,444 fatalities.
There were 794 alcohol-related fatalities which was 14.85 percent of all crashes.
Resource: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Traffic Crash Statistics Report, 2010
RISKS TO SOBER DRIVERS FROM IMPAIRED DRIVERS:
Costs per Alcohol-Related Injury
The average alcohol-related fatality in the United States costs $3.5 million$1.1 million in monetary costs $2.4 million in quality of life losses
The estimated cost per injured survivor of an alcohol-related crash averaged $99,000$49,000 in monetary costs $50,000 in quality of life losses
Crash costs per Mile Driven in the United States averaged:$5.80 per mile driven at BACs of .10 and above $2.50 per mile driven at BACs between .08-.09 $0.10 per mile driven at BACs of .00
Costs per Drink
The societal costs of alcohol-related crashes in the United States averaged $1.00 per drink consumed. People other than the drinking driver paid $0.60 per drink.
Impact on Auto Insurance Rates
Alcohol-related crashes account for an estimated 18% of the $103 billion in annual U.S. auto insurance payments.
Resources:National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes 2000.Summary. Retrieved On January 28, 20003 from the World Wide Web: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/economic/econimpact2000/summary.htm, National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes 2000. State Costs. Retrieved On January 28, 20003 from the World Wide Web: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/economic/econimpact2000/state_costs.htm
National Cost of a DUI
Getting a DUI is obviously a horrible idea. What you might not realize, though, is how expensive it is, too. It varies from situation to situation and state to state, but you can guarantee it will take a big chunk out of your paycheck. According to people who know (lawyers, police and Auto clubs), the average costs (not including any costs for lost pay, personal injuries, medical costs, vehicle damage or additional penalties for causing a crash while drinking) for a first offense drunken-driving case are:
|Minimum fine: $ 390 Penalty Assessment: $ 666 State Restitution Fund: $ 100 Alcohol-Abuse Education Fund: $ 50 Blood or Breath-Testing Fee: $ 37 Jail Cite-and-Release Fee: $ 10 Driving/Alcohol-Awareness School: $ 375 (12 weeks minimum) License Reissue Fee: $ 100 Attorney Fees (average): $ 2,500 Auto Insurance Increase: $ 3,600 - $6,600 (The Auto Club estimates $2,200 a year for 3 years) Total $7,828 - $10,828|
Resources:Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Drinking and Driving is Very, Very Expensive!. Retrieved on February 1, 2009 from the World Wide Web: http://www.maddorangecounty.org/cost.htm
CHAPTER 2 QUIZ
|Question 1||Traffic Collisions are the leading cause of death for all individuals of every age from 4 to 33 years of age.||True|