President Obama Promotes Safe and Responsible Driving
The White House has recently issued a press release regarding President Obama’s dedication to promoting safe and responsible driving. In combination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), President Obama is calling on motorists across the country to pledge to always drive sober and alert. This also includes making a commitment to distraction-free driving. Since over 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving crashes each year, this is a top priority for the White House. President Obama showed his support for safe driving by observing the month of December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
Drunk Driving Crash Statistics
- 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2013.
- An average of one drunk driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes in 2013.
- In 2010, the estimated economic cost of drunk driving crashes was $49.8 billion.
- In 2013-2014, more than 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Drugged Driving is Drunk Driving
Using or taking drugs can also have an impact on your ability to safely operate an automobile. Everybody knows that that driving while on illegal drugs is highly dangerous, but what about legal prescription and over-the-counter meds? Many legal prescription and over-the-counter medicines make operating an automobile very dangerous. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of any new medications you’re taking.
What About Buzzed Driving?
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported that drivers are still at an increased risk for being involved in a fatal crash before their blood alcohol level concentration (BAC) even reaches the legal limit. When a driver’s BAC does reach 0.08 percent, that person’s risk of being involved in a fatal crash more than doubles. This is why the NHTSA has been publicizing their Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. So many drivers get behind the wheel after a drink or two, thinking they’ll be okay. The only safe and responsible choice is to abstain from driving if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Don’t try to calculate your BAC based on number of drinks or hours or anything like that. If you’ve been drinking, get a safe ride home.