One out of 10 drivers admits to drinking and driving the past year. When I heard the WTOP radio report on holiday time drunk driving, I was shocked to hear this number – I had guessed a far lower number. This sobering statistic comes from a new survey from AAA Mid-Atlantic. The same survey indicates that 87 percent of drivers surveyed consider drunk drivers a serious threat. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are more than two and a half times more dangerous than the average day. The last time New Year’s Day fell on a Saturday was in 2005. That year 98 people died in alcohol-related crashes on New Year’s Day.
According to the federal data, 85 percent of those crashes involved a driver with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit of 0.08. "DC Metro area residents buy more wine and liquor for the holidays than most cities in this country, and it’s a serious problem," according to AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II. In following posts, ABRAMS LANDAU will look at solutions, enforcement and help in order to reduce the number of highway fatalities and car crashes caused by drunk driving and impaired motorists.