Drunk driving is a major concern across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remarks that one person dies approximately every 48 minutes in the United States because of drunk driving.
Add to that the fact that around one-third of all automobile crashes are a result of impaired driving, and you can see how drunk driving leads to unnecessary pain and suffering.
How can people defend themselves against drunk drivers?
The easiest things to do include wearing your seat belt and maintaining a safe distance. When people wear seat belts, they're less likely to be killed in traffic accidents. Seat belts reduce the risk of death in a crash by around 50 percent. Also, keep a safe distance from other vehicles. That way, you're less likely to be struck by a driver who leaves his or her lane or slams on his or her brakes.
Another thing you can do is to slow down when you approach intersections. It's always a good idea to look both ways. It's safer to stop and be certain the path is clear than to continue through and get hit by a driver who didn't stop for a red light.
If you plan to go out and drink, a good way to prevent crashes is to get a taxi or to take a ride-sharing service home. Avoid drinking several hours before driving if possible, or carry a portable Breathalyzer, so you know how intoxicated you are before you get behind the wheel.
Our website has more on drunk-driving crashes and what to do if you've been hurt. There's no excuse for drivers to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.