FACTS
150,000 people have been killed in alcohol-related crashes during the last decade.


Every year, impaired drivers cause over one million crashes resulting in 500,000 injuries and 10,000 deaths.

1.5 million impaired drivers are arrested every year in the U.S.

65% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3:00 a.m. are alcohol-related.

One in three will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.

Alcohol-related crashes are a significant economic problem that costs over $100 billion every year in the U.S.

Traffic crashes are the number one killer of teens. 31% of teen crashes are alcohol-related.


FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES
These are just some of the short-term costs…
Bail                                        $500    Fines                                $500
Probation                               $500   DUI Class                          $200
Driver’s License Fee              $200   Vehicle Impound             $100
The costs associated with a DUI arrest often exceed $5,000.

HIGH-RISK DRIVER CLASSIFICATION

After a DUI arrest, a driver is classified as a high-risk. The driver's auto insurance company will terminate the policy. High-risk drivers are required to obtain a special type of auto insurance that costs 2 to 3 times the normal rate for 5 to 7 years.

A WISE PERSON HAS THE ABILITY TO LEARN VIA ANOTHER PERSON'S EXPERIENCE.

A FOOLISH PERSON WILL ONLY LEARN BY EXPERIENCING CONSEQUENCES.

IMPAIRED DRIVING FACTS

MYTHS
Myth #1: A “responsible drinker” will not get arrested for DUI.

The term “responsible drinker” implies that a person can consume a moderate amount of alcohol and still safely drive a car. The staggering number of alcohol-related crash fatalities, injuries and arrests leaves no doubt that “responsible drinking” is an idea that simply does not work.

Myth #2: 0.08 is the “legal limit”.

A driver can be arrested and convicted after consuming any amount of alcohol, drugs or even prescribed medication. A DUI charge is based upon a driver’s impairment- not the amount of alcohol or drugs that were consumed.

Myth #3: A person who refuses to take a breath-alcohol test cannot be convicted of a DUI offense.

While it is true that a breath sample provides the police with valuable evidence, a refusal is also very powerful evidence. In some ways, a refusal could be more compelling evidence than a breath-alcohol test result.

Myth #4: Food, water, coffee or cold showers can sober up an intoxicated person.

Time is the only way a person can get sober. Eliminating alcohol from the body is a slow physiological process that cannot be accelerated.

Myth #5: Exercise will speed up the body’s alcohol elimination process.

The liver produces an enzyme to metabolize alcohol. 90% of the alcohol a person drinks must pass through the liver. Physical activity does not have an impact on this metabolic process.