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Message Monday -Save someone you love. Driver sober

11/18/2019

11-18 drive soberEvery day, about 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  That's one person every 48 minutes.

Slowly changing attitudes related to drunk driving have helped reduce these preventable deaths over the last few decades, but drivers who are drunk or high still cause more than 30 percent of the fatalities on both Iowa and our nation’s roadways.

Online insurance clearinghouse The Zebra conducted a small survey that begins to paint a picture of U.S. drivers' thoughts on drinking and driving.

  • 1% of responders aged 35 to 44 know someone who has been killed in a drunk-driving crash. 
  • 6% of female respondents aged 18 to 24 admitted to driving while buzzed.
  • 4% of college-age respondents believed they were fit to drive after three or four drinks.
  • 2% of 18 to 24 year-olds said they use rideshare (Lyft, Uber, etc.) every time they go out drinking.
  • 9% of respondents — all ages — said they don't use rideshare at all.
  • 45% of female respondents call a friend or significant other for a ride home after drinking.
  • 8% of male respondents use a rideshare vehicle to get home after drinking.

Don’t invite Grim to your Happy Hour

For 2019, there have been 281 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of four since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 319. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Bureau of Driver & Identification Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf.


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