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Drunk Driving Impact

Thursday, May 22 2003 (Excerpt From The Testimony of Ms. Wendy Hamilton - President, Mothers Against Driving Drunk)

According to DOT, motor vehicle crashes are responsible for 95 percent of transportation sector deaths and 99 percent of all transportation-related injuries within the United States as well as the leading cause of death for people ages 4 through 33. In 2002, an estimated 42,850 people died on the nationís highways, up from 42,116 in 2001.

This alarming amount of injury and death on our nationís roadways creates a tremendous drain on the nationís economy. Economic losses due to motor vehicle crashes cost the nation approximately $230.6 billion each year, an average of $820 for every person living in the United States.

For the third consecutive year, alcohol-related traffic deaths have increased. Preliminary statistics show that nearly 18,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands more were injured in these crashes just last year. Thatís 49 deaths and hundreds of injuries day in and day out. Alcohol-involved crashes accounted for 21 percent of nonfatal injury crash costs, and an overwhelming 46 percent of all fatal injury crash costs. In order to reverse this trend, the nation cannot maintain the status quo and expect a different result.

Last week at a national news conference, MADD commemorated the 15-year anniversary of the worst drunk driving crash in U.S. history -- the Kentucky Bus Crash. On May 14, 1988, 27 people -- 24 children and 3 adults -- were killed and 30 others were injured coming home from a church outing. They were victims of a repeat drunk driving offender, behind the wheel of his pickup driving on the wrong side of the road. He had a blood alcohol concentration of .24 --- three times the illegal limit today in Kentucky and the majority of all other states and DC.

The Kentucky Bus Crash was heard around the world because 27 perished and 30 others were injured in an instant. But tragically, one by one, over the past 15 years, the equivalent to 10,400 Kentucky Bus Crashes have occurred in our country as nearly 281,000 Americans have been killed and millions of others have been injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes since that tragic day.

Unfortunately, the data speaks for itself: the nation -- including its political leaders Ė has become complacent in this effort. Drunk drivers continue to slip through cracks in the system. Weak laws, lack of funding for effective traffic safety programs and minimal resources for law enforcement officers to enforce existing laws are all part of the problem. There is no coordinated effort at the national, state and local level to combat this public health problem. Additionally, drunk driving is still often treated as a minor traffic offense rather than what it really is Ė the most frequently committed violent crime in our country.

This information came from a
US Senate online article.

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