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HOUSTON DRINKING AND DRIVING ACCIDENTS
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that's one person every 50 minutes. These deaths have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44 billion that year.”
WHO IS AT RISK?
The risk of involvement in a highway or city street driving accident is compounded by intoxicated drivers. Unfortunately, the risk of death from drunk drivers is not contained to the drunk driver, but spreads to passengers in other vehicles hit by the drunk driver and even pedestrians in towns and cities.
The person driving while intoxicated can be unhurt by the accident while the innocent people accidentally involved often suffer serious injuries or die. Each year more than 5,000 kids aged 16 to 20 die in car accidents. Three age groups are at a higher risk of dying in both alcohol related and non-alcohol related traffic accidents: teenagers, aged 16-20, children, aged 1 to 15 and senior adults over 65.
Alcohol is not the only reason for high automobile accident death rates among teenagers. Motor vehicle crashes kill more teenagers than any other reason and teenagers are the less likely age group to wear seatbelts in an automobile.