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Posted on Aug 08, 2012
Did you know that alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than $37 billion annually? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration quotes this fact. Alcohol is evidently taking a heavy toll from the national exchequer every year, but did you realize how costly drunk driving can be for you as an individual?
If you get caught driving under influence, even without causing any damage to life or property, the cost of drunk driving can amount to quite a hefty sum. Here’s a roundup of how the toll on your wallet adds up.
These are just minimum estimates for some of the costs and penalties involved, and these round up to about $7,000. The New York State Police Department estimates a minimum toll of $8,250 for the offense, while it is believed to be close to $1,200 in the state of Illinois.
Note that these are minimum estimates, and the actual bill will likely be even heftier. This is one costly offense. If nothing else motivates you to go sober, perhaps the incentive of saving a few grands might!DUI, Drinking Law, Drunk Driving1 Comment »Drunk Driving Offense Drunk Driving Penalties DUI
Posted on Jul 25, 2012
Recent studies and research seem to suggest that drinking among college students is on the rise. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) quotes researches which indicate an increase in fatal injuries related to alcohol from 1,500 in 1998 to over 1,700 in 2001 among college students aged 18-24. At the same time, 500,000 more students were found driving under influence over the same period (as compared with 2.3 million in 1998).
Clearly, these statistics show that the menace is on the rise in the country and college drinking may be more harmful than estimates in the past. And it’s not just the health risks which make the problem so dangerous. There are many other consequences of drinking amongst college students which makes the issue a quite grave one.
• Death & Injury
The worst case scenario is, sadly, very common amongst college students. Unintentional injuries and motor vehicle crashes are not unheard of either. Needless to say, even if accidents under the influence of alcohol do not involve death, some form of adverse injury does usually happen.
• Physical and Sexual Assault
Alcohol-related physical and sexual abuse is another problem amongst young ones. Studies show that about 50 percent of sexual assault cases among college students are associated with alcohol use, with incidents more frequent between people who know each other.
• High-Risk Sexual Behavior
Because drinking suppresses your mental processes to quite an extent, engaging in unplanned or unprotected sex under the influence of booze is a very strong possibility. Students indulging in heavy drinking have been found to have had multiple sexual partners in the past month as compared with non-binge drinkers.
• Poor Academic Performance
Though a strong association between alcohol abuse and academic performance cannot be established, students do report having missed classes, not being able to concentrate in class, and suffering from lower grades on exams and assignments in general.
• Vandalism and Property Damage
College campuses where heavy drinking amongst students is a norm frequently report property damage. Student drinkers themselves admit to having damaged property under the influence of booze.
So what can be done? Acknowledging the growing menace that college drinking has become, greater enforcement of the legal drinking age of 21, counseling programs, and greater community involvement are some of the steps that can be taken. Efforts need to be taken to protect the youth of this country from the mammoth problem that drinking has become.DUI, Drinking Law, Legal Drinking AgeNo Comments »College Drinking Statistics DUI Legal Drinking Age NIAAA
Posted on Feb 01, 2012
According to the Center for Disease Control stats, during 2006 and 2010, the number of drunk driving cases have declined nationwide. Could the decrease in drinking and driving incidents be linked to a slow economy? Nothing else seemed to deter people from drinking and driving on the past, so is a slow economy the solution to this problem?
Driving Under the Influence on the Decline
A recent report from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) shows that driving under the influence (DUI) is on the decline not only in certain areas, but nationwide. In four years, the number of drunk drivers has dropped by more than 25 percent. There are no specific reasons for the decline, according to a CDC behavioral scientist, Gwen Berger, the drop in drunk driving incidents may be due to economic reasons; however there may be other reasons behind the decline as well.
Berger stated, “People have cut back on leisure driving due to the economic downturn.” She said that most people seem to be drinking more at home as opposed to a bar or restaurant.
Alcohol Related Fatalities Nationwide
However, despite the figures from the CDC, the number of people drinking and driving still remains high. For example, last year alone there was more than 100 million of driving while intoxicated (DWI) incidents in the country – most of the drivers were adults. So despite the decline, DWI is still a major concern, especially in states where the number of alcohol-related fatalities still remains high.
Dangers of Driving While Intoxicated
The new ignition interlocks law that is in place to deter drunk driving requires all second-time DWI offenders to install this device in their vehicles. The ignition interlocks prevent drunk drivers from operating their vehicles if they have high blood alcohol content (BAC). This new law will play a major role in helping to reduce drunk driving incidents nationwide.
Is Drunk Driving Really on the Decline?
Do you believe that there is a decline in drunk driving cases nationwide, or are drunk drivers just not getting caught? Could the figures from the CDC be incorrect?
What’s your opinion? Please leave your comments below.DUI, DWI cases, Drunk DrivingNo Comments »CDC Drunk Driving Incidents DUI DWI Case DWI Offender