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A recent study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that an average of two out of three people in the United States will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

Other significant drunk driving findings from the study include:

    • The economic impact of drunk driving is second only to speeding.

    • The annual cost of drunk driving in the U.S. is $199 billion.

    • The number of injuries each year attributed to drunk driving is 290,000.

    • The number of crashes each year that involve a drunk driver is 2.65 million.

This should serve as a wake-up call.
There is no denying the devasting impact of drunk driving on our families and communities. Luckily, the solution is simple: Just don't drink and drive.  It's not worth it.

      Decisions
     
 • Take mass transit, a taxi, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
      • Spend the night where the activity is held.
      •
Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may 

         dial#77 on their cell phones to report a drunk driver.
      • Always buckle up every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired
         driver.
      • If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is 
        to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to 

        your doorstep.

 

We lost 47 hundred of our children...in one year...because of underage drinking.
Last year the deaths of approximately 4,700 young people between the ages of 15-20 were attributed to underage drinking.  When is enough...enough?

PowerTalk 21®—Start Talking!
http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/the-power-of-parents/



 





 

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