New NHTSA Infographic on Safe Summer Driving
Aug 8, 2014, 1:35 PM
Summer is the deadliest time of year to be on the road. In fact, nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than are killed during the rest of the year’s months combined, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This increase is linked directly to alcohol consumption. According to NHTSA:
- There was a drunken-driving fatality every 51 minutes in 2012
- 35 percent of all drivers in nighttime fatal crashes were alcohol-impaired
- 24 percent of male drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2012 had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher
- A DUI can cost drivers up to $10,000—or more than three months-worth of income for the average working American
NHTSA has created a new infographic to illustrate the need for drivers to stay sober:
>>Bonus Link: Find more information and resources about drunk driving here.
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.