According to the CDC, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2014. Between 2000 and 2011, an average of 1,400,000 U.S. drivers were arrested annually for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The 1.4 million U.S. drivers arrested for DUI each year is equal to the entire population of Hawaii. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
In 2007, the National Institutes of Health published the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study focusing on key human factors associated with the decision to drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Studies found that when people have been drinking, they feel sober before the brain and the body start acting impaired. This means that people might get behind the wheel and drive drunk or drugged because they think they are sober enough to drive. In reality, they are impaired both mentally and physically and do not think of the negative affects driving under the influence. The consequences of getting convicted of a DUI or DWI are outstanding fines, jail time, community service, and even having to attend a DUI school for an
The consequences of getting convicted of a DUI are outstanding fines, jail time, community service, and even having to attend a DUI course such as those offered by ABC Drive Safe. DUI courses start at 8 hours and can go up to 72 hours and just keep increasing in cost. But people do not think about the consequences, time and money the one mistake of deciding to drive impaired will make.
The Intentional Drunk Driver’s Attitude
- Many drivers view driving as a right or entitlement rather than a privilege.
- Drivers often believe that they are immune to the effects of alcohol or drugs.
- Young adults are impulsive which is increased with alcohol.
- Driving is viewed as a source of excitement rather than transportation.
- Social pressure to be accepted, cool and unafraid.
- A bulletproof mentality – laws are written for other guy and rules don’t apply to the impaired driver.
Often a person who would normally not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol gets caught up in their emotions – they don’t care what happens to them or others. What happens when our assumptions meet reality face to face? What are the odds?
Any job that requires a commercial driver’s license also requires that an employer be notified 30 days of being arrested for a DUI. Other occupations that fall into the category of notifying an employer of a DUI include:
- Healthcare professionals
- Bus Drivers, Taxi Drivers, Truck Drivers and Chauffeurs
- Military Personnel
- Jobs w/ Security Clearance
- Train Engineers
Management positions also have requirements for not hiring people with a DUI record – even if fines have been paid and jail time served. Background checks are very common for prospective employees, and DUI offenders have that strike against the. Any jobs that require driving will cause notification from the insurance company of your DUI charges when a new employer tries to add a DUI offender to their policy.
The cost of driving drunk is very expensive. Not just the thousands spent over several years with a DUI arrest, but also the significant restrictions placed on your life, employment and family. If someone is injured or killed as a result of a DUI crash, the impaired driver’s freedom will be sacrificed. Knowing these risks, why would someone choose to drive drunk? Here are some factors that motivate a person to drive under the influence.
Although both young and older adults are reasonably aware of many of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reality hits them as the handcuffs are tightened on their wrists and they are sitting alone in the back of a law enforcement vehicle – either police or sheriff – with time to think. Most of all drunk driving happens after drinking with being with family, friends, and coworkers, so their intercession with avoiding an impaired person from driving can be part of the solution. Society itself has made the cost of an arrest and conviction for DUI extremely expensive with all states having progressive punishments for second and third arrests. The “domino effect” a DUI can potentially change that person’s entire future, including career plans, relationships with friends and loved ones, or worse, the consequences of an injury or fatal crash. There is a standard pattern throughout the country of discouraging impaired driving:
- Mandatory alcohol and drug education following an arrest such as an online DUI school.
- Zero tolerance for anyone under the age of 21.
- Immediate loss of a Driver’s License.
- School-based education which can be taken in person or online.
- Community-based education.
At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. Among drivers with BAC levels of 0.08 percent or higher involved in fatal crashes in 2013, one out of every three were between 21 and 24 years old. The next largest age groups were ages 25 to 34 and 35 to 44. At 0.08 percent (three to four drinks), they are 40 times more likely to be killed than a sober driver and 20 times more likely to be killed than a 55-year-old driver at the same BAC level. By 0.12 percent BAC (four to six drinks) a 16- to 19-year-old is 90 times as likely to die in a traffic crash as a sober driver. It takes an arrest experience to have a long-term impact on drivers who choose to drive impaired.
Sobriety Checkpoints have been found to consistently reduce alcohol-related crashes, preventing 1 in 10 potentially fatal or injury crashes.
If you know anyone that has recently convicted of a first offense DUI and needs to take a DUI course, we provide the most affordable 8-hour online DUI class available, and it can be taken on any mobile device, which will save time and money in the long run.