Ten Things Thursday: Drunk Driving
Good morning, everybody! Today is Thursday, and its time for Ten Things Thursday, where we look back at the issues we’ve covered here since the beginning of 2011. Today, as we promised last week, the subject is intoxicated driving and the car accidents it can cause.
Let’s start by taking a quick look at some of the most recent numbers (2009) right here in Colorado (taken from DMV.org) :
- There were 158 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the state, 17 of which were under the age of 21.
- There were 27,043 DUIs that year.
- 69% of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities involved repeat offenders with a BAC of .15+.
Over 27,000 DUIs? That is chilling. Personally, I find the number of accidents caused by repeat offenders to be the most worrisome.
Now let’s take a look at where driving drunk has reared its head during the last six months:
- Drunken Ice Cream Truck Driver — Do we really need to say more?
- HB1261 “Pot DUI” Bill Dies on the Colorado House Floor — Efforts to impose a blood alcohol measurement for this form of intoxication fail to pass the legislature.
- Another Major League Baseball Player Faces DUI-Related Charges — The trend of the major league baseball players involved in intoxication-related accidents this year continues.
- Drunk Driving? Texas Takes a P.A.S.S. — A “Person Appointed to Stay Sober” is a new reboot of the designated driver concept.
- Driving While Stoned: Colorado DUI Law — Bill 1261 would institute a similar blood-content rule for drivers who have been ingesting marijuana in Colorado.
- Drunk Driving Definitions and Statistics — More unsettling numbers of the fatalities and injuries resulting from drunk driving.
- Facebook and Drunk Driving — California suggests public shaming on Facebook as a penalty for drunk drivers.
- Will Your Car Tell You When You’re Too Drunk To Drive? — Accident prevention technology continues to advance.
- Alcohol and Icy Roads Don’t Mix: Colorado Springs Accident — Drinking and driving is bad enough, combine it with bad weather or bad road conditions, and the danger level spikes.
- Trooper Arrested for DUI Speaks Up About PTSD — An officer of the law arrested with almost double the legal alcohol limit in his blood says post-traumatic stress disorder is to blame.
If that little retrospective is not enough, you can check out a constantly updated stream of info culled from across the Internet on DrunkDriving.com. The website’s motto is, “If you can’t see straight, you can’t drive straight,” and it has a vast array of resources on the subject including video, a live Twitter feed, recovery resources for alcoholics, and more.