We on Long Island have seen our neighbors and friends dealing with the aftermath of someone drinking and driving. Just the other day sitting at my desk I could hear murmurs among my colleagues that a beloved member of our community had been killed in a hit and run. Was the driver intoxicated? We may never know because the coward left a woman to die in the street.
According to the CDC “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.”
New York State DMV has created a no-nonsense publication regarding driving while intoxicated “You and the Drinking Driving Laws.”
MedlinePlus has information on many types of impaired driving – drinking, texting, drowsy, etc.
It’s really quite simple – if you’re not sure you should be driving DON’T. If you see someone getting into a car intoxicated think of the signs that populate the roadways and mass transit “If you see something say something.”
posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services