Driving under the influence of alcohol or other illicit substances is commonplace in US. People know that alcohol and other drugs affect driving skills, but they tend to do come under the influence again. Once they have alcohol in more than the minimum levels, they have poor judgment skills, lack of co-ordination, false confidence and impaired senses, which altogether make them to commit accidents without their knowledge. Below are the statistics of the fatalities caused due to drunk driving during the year 2010 in USA, which showcase the deadly affects of drunk driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the report on the number of fatalities happened in USA during the year 2010, because of drunk driving. According to their reports 32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 of which 10,228 people died in drunk driving crashes, which accounts for 31% of all the traffic deaths in that year.
Though there is a decline in the fatality rate compared to 1982, the deaths happening are also significant. Drunk driving fatalities have decreased from 52% of all vehicle fatalities in 1982-2010 and 35% decrease in 1991-2010, according to the sources.
The report also revealed that more than three people were killed in drunk driving accidents for every 1,00,000 Americans. However, between 1991 and 2010 the rate of drunk driving fatalities per 1,00,000 population has decreased by 48%, according to sources.
These statistics shows the loss caused because of drunk driving. Though the government is implementing all possible methods to prevent drunk driving, it is the responsibility of the every person to follow those measures to avoid accidents.