2006 Drunk Driving Facts
In America and in the world at large, driving while under the influence of alcohol is a serious issue that looms large in the mind of our society. In the United States especially, drunk driving is a frightening issue, with statistics claiming that there is a 60 percent chance that you or someone you know will be involved in an accident that occurs while one of the drivers is under the influence of alcohol.
In light of this, drunk driving is an issue that everyone should be active about, and it is important to both take steps to prevent the phenomenon and educate yourself on it in general.
Awareness of drunk driving is much better than it used to be. A poll in 2006 stated that 92 percent of Americans were familiar with the designated driver concept and that 148 million Americans have been a designated driver or have been driven home by one. The designated driver institution is one that shows that this a phenomenon that is much on the mind of the people involved.
There is a great deal to be gained from preventative measures, and this is one of the points that the American organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) likes to stress. Deaths resulting from drunk drivers climb up into the low ten thousands, and this figure represents more than 1000 families every month that are confronted with this fact.
MADD, at the end of 2006, launched its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, an initiative that has the support of hundreds of thousands of people across the nation. Even though there has been a 40 percent decline in alcohol-related traffic fatalities since 1980, the aim of this MADD campaign is to eradicate drunk driving from American entirely. Though this is a startling thing to consider, it is believed that with better technology, tougher enforcement, better laws and grassroots activism, that this can be accomplished.
MADD'S plan for the end of drunk driving has 4 parts:
· Increase the amount of high-visibility law enforcments
· Investigation into the possibility of technologies that would prevent known drunk drivers from being able to drive in the first place.
· More campaigning at the local and grassroots level
· Investigation into technologies that will be implemented in all new vehicles to prevent the car from starting if the driver is drunk.
With these ambitious plans in mind, strides are being made to prevent the tragedy of drunk driving.
One of the most striking facts about drunk driving is that this is a problem that is entirely preventable. In the interest of saving lives and preventing injuries, both public and private sectors in the United States are joining forces to see what can be done about this problem that has affected thousands of American families.