Alcohol Kills: National Stats and Facts on Driving Drunk in America, Part II
In our last post, we looked at some of the national statistics on drunk driving in America. They are high, with more than 10,000 people dying as a direct result of someone getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
In this post, we’ll look at drunk driving accidents. Who’s doing the driving? How much are they drinking? When are the accidents most likely to occur? Take a look.
Blood Alcohol Content Stats
If you are pulled over and given a Breathalyzer test by the police and your blood alcohol content (BAC) tests above .08 percent, you will be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For commercial drivers, the legal BAC limit is .04 percent. In every state, this charge comes with harsh penalties.
The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs reports that:
- Though the legal limit is .08 percent, driving ability is negatively impacted in drivers with a BAC as low as .02 percent with a significantly increased probability of experiencing a car accident with a BAC of .05 percent.
- Almost 75 percent of drivers arrested for DUI are chronic alcohol abusers or alcohol addicts.
- A higher percentage of car accidents are caused by DUIs on the weekend as compared to during the week: 31 percent as opposed to 16 percent.
- About 35 percent of drivers arrested for DUI are between the ages of 21 and 24.
- Only 34 percent of drunk drivers who died in a car crash were wearing seat belts.
In many states, arrest for drunk driving can mean being remanded to an alcohol rehab program. If you have been arrested and are in search of a program that can provide you with the high end treatment you need to make sure that you don’t relapse, contact us at The Orchid. We provide a woman-centered recovery program that addresses the physical addiction and psychological addiction that alcoholics and heavy drinkers live with every day. It starts with detox and continues with a personalize program that includes everything you need to heal, from one-on-one therapy to holistic treatments and attention paid to proper nutrition and gentle exercise.
If you would like to learn more about the types of treatment programs we offer here at The Orchid, contact us today for more information.