Who Gets Hurt?
People like you . . .
- Three out of five Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related
- Someone is injured in an alcohol-related crash every 32 seconds.
Who Gets Killed?
People like you . . .
- In 1999 alone, 15,786 people were killed in alcohol-related
car accidents. Of those, 2,238 were young people.That's
about 42 young people killed in drunk driving accidents every
- Almost 40 percent of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related.
We all do . . .
- The estimated yearly economic cost of alcohol related car accidents
is $45 billion.
Why Are Drinking and Driving a Lethal Combination?
- Judgment is the first capacity affected by alcohol. People
who've been drinking frequently believe that they're
less affected than they are.
- Coordination, vision, and motor skills are drastically impaired
by alcohol consumption.
- Being fatigued, stressed, under the weather, or using any medicine
can dramatically increase alcohol's effect, making — one
harmless little drink — lethally intoxicating to someone behind
How Much Is Too Much?
The only completely safe alcohol consumption level before driving
- If you or anyone else is concerned about your sobriety, don't
drive. Get a ride or stay where you are (spend the night if necessary)
until you are sure you're able to drive safely.
- Plan ahead. Designate a driver who agrees to "down"
only nonalcoholic drinks.
Watch Out for the Other Guy!
On an average weekend evening, approximately one out of every ten
drivers is legally impaired or drunk. Any time of day or night,
use seat belts, and be alert to signs of a drunk driver, such as
- unusually wide turns
- weaving, swerving
- hugging the center line, or driving left of center
- excessively fast or slow speeds
- stopping suddenly without apparent cause
- inconsistent turn signals
- driving with headlights off in the dark
- driving with windows rolled down in cold weather.
If a driver ahead of you seems impaired, don't try to pass.
Maintain extra distance, and be prepared to stop suddenly. If the
driver is behind you, turn right at the next intersection to let
him get ahead of you. If the driver is coming toward you, slow down,
move to the right, and stop.
Beyond the Highway
Alcohol can be deadly anytime, any place. The dangers of drinking
and driving are clear, but some other facts and situations to keep
- As many as 40 percent of fatal accidents (falls, drownings,
etc.) involve alcohol. Alcohol use on or near the eater is especially
- Alcohol and depression are a deadly duo. One third of all suicides
occur while the person is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- About 10,000 people die each year from alcohol related overdoses.
Large amounts of alcohol are toxic — as lethal as any other poisonous
- Drinking before or after heavy exercise (a tennis or softball
game, volleyball or football scrimmages) can be particularly dangerous.
Exertion coupled with alcohol can put a nasty strain on even the
- Alcohol consumption plays a role in violence. About 10,000
murders occur each year in situations involving alcohol.
- Anyone who is intoxicated is more vulnerable to crime, from
muggings to rape.
Don't Get Bombed — Get Involved!
- Start a campus group to raise awareness about alcohol issues.
For example, many colleges have chapters of BACCHUS (Boost Alcohol
Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students). For
more information contact BACCHUS of the U.S., Inc., PO Box 10430,
Denver, CO 80210, or call 303-871-3068.
- Team up with your highway patrol or AAA to present Safe Driving
- Volunteer to assist high school Drivers' Ed. classes
to heighten the awareness of teens to the dangers of drinking
- Kick off a special event, such as homecoming or graduations,
with a mammoth line-up of smashed cars from alcohol-related crashes.
The cops and the junkyard will be happy to help.
- Start a "Tipsy Taxi" program to provide free rides
to anyone who needs a safe ride home. Contact campus shuttle service
or a local cab company.
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