Drinking and Driving?
We know that drinking under the influence of alcohol is a problem in our country. There are many organizations and initiatives to help our teenagers and adults to understand the severity of this issue, but has this problem continued to increase over the years? The National Center for Statistics and Analysis reports every year the number of fatalities due to alcohol-impaired driving and we have seen a decrease in the past decade. While these numbers are still too high it is encouraging to see that education and law enforcement is effective in lowering this tragic number. Alcohol impaired-driving fatalities in the past 10 years have declined by 27 percent from 13,582 in 2005 to 9,967 in 2014. A key aspect of wellness is to make smart decisions for your overall health. Being responsible with alcohol consumption is an important part of taking care of your body. We encourage the continual education of this issue. It is important to talk to co-workers, family members, friends, and especially teenagers about how important it is to not be under the influence while driving. While the number of deaths has decreased over the past decade the statistics are still alarming. Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion. Help this statistic continue to decrease by making wise choices with alcohol consumption and ensuring that the people around you do the same.
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