The Facts about Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol and Drug
- Nationally, an alcohol-related crash kills someone every 30 minutes.
- In Washington, 294 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents in 1994.
- The tab we all shared for alcohol-related crashes in Washington was $465 million.
- A 4% reduction in drunken driving nationally would save 1,200 lives, stop 65,000 injuries, and save taxpayers $74 million a year in health care costs.
What Has Been Done?
- Nationally, the insurance industry continues to back tough drunk and drugged driving laws and strict enforcement.
- Offenders who fail or refuse a blood-alcohol test in Washington State can lose their licenses on the spot.
- In Washington, the cars of repeat offenders can be confiscated.
- The insurance industry continues to educate the public.
What You Can Do…
- If you plan to drive, don’t drink or use drugs.
- If you host or attend a party where alcohol is served, have designated drivers — and be sure they don’t drink.
- Support tougher drunk and drugged driving laws.