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Drinking & Driving
Drinking and driving facts:
Drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine, are involved in about 18% of motor-vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are generally used in combination with alcohol. (NHTSA 1993)
Drunk driving is the number one traffic safety problem across the nation.
Drunk driving is the leading cause of death of young people ages 15 - 24.
An alcohol-related motor vehicle crash kills someone every 31 minutes and non-fatally injures someone every two minutes. (NHTSA 2004)
Each year, alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost about $51 billion.
On Friday and Saturday nights, one out of every 10 drivers are drunk.
There are more than 25,000 Americans that die yearly as a result of drunk driving.
Drunk Driving Penalties
If you think that drunk-driving penalties in the United States are tough (Ohio: three days in jail, a $500 fine, and a 30-day license suspension), consider these countries:
Australia - The names of drunk drivers are sent to the local newspapers and are printed under the heading "He's Drunk and in Jail."
England - The driver receives one-year supervision, a $250 fine, and one year in jail.
Finland and Sweden - The driver receives one year in jail.
France - The driver receives a three-year loss of license, one year in jail, and a $1,000 fine.
Malaysia - The driver is jailed. If he is married, his wife goes to jail with him.
Norway - The driver receives three weeks in jail at hard labor and a one-year loss of license. With the second offense within five years, the driver's license is revoked.
Poland - The driver receives jail, a fine, and enforced attendance at political lectures.
San Salvador and Bulgaria - The drunk driver is given another chance. Upon the second offense, the driver is executed.
South Africa - The drunk driver is given a 10-year sentence, a fine of $10,000, or both.
Turkey - Drunk drivers have a long journey ahead of them. Police take them 20 miles from town and force them to walk back.
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