For the past two decades, incidents involving drunk
driving exponentially lessened that in 2010, there had only
been 10,228 deaths recorded caused by vehicular accident
attributed to driving under influence or driving while intoxicated.
Though this resulted to a 49% change, the numbers are
still quite at a disturbing level that of the total vehicular
accident fatalities in 2010, the 10,228 still accounted
for 31%. Of this number of deaths, 211 killed are children
carried in a vehicle by an intoxicated or drunk driver.
The study that showed decrease in the fatalities for
over 2 decades did not indicate technological advances in
terms of safety features of vehicles used.
This data is important as vehicles manufactured during
the last 5 years are quite considerably safer compared to
those made 15 or 20 years ago.
However, it can also be inferred that the number of
cars and drivers increased over this period doubling or
even tripling the number of cars and drivers today than
This can be proved correct as there had already been
112 million drivers that reported to have driven under influence
so far. However, it is also sad to point out that only 1%
or 1.4 million of those who reported to have driven under
influence were actually apprehended and arrested by authorities.
According to MADD or Mothers Against Drunk, "If all
17 million people who admitted to driving drunk in 2010
had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the
Drunk Driving caused the government $132 billion every
year in damages, operation costs, and other related expenses.
This is surprisingly 130% more than the budget of Education
in 2010 that is only $56 billion.