One woman died and four others suffered injuries after a collision that took place at the intersection of Katy Freeway and Mason Road. According to KHOU11, a Dodge Ram Pickup and Dodge Challenger collided at the intersection, causing the Dodge Ram to then hit a signal light pole. The force from the crash was so strong it caused the bed and rear axle to detach and the main cab to roll over. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash and whether or not impairment was a factor. Three of the four people in the Dodge Ram survived the accident but sustained serious injuries. The driver of the Dodge Challenger also sustained injuries, but all are expected to survive.
In ten years, 10,000 people have lost their lives to a drunk driver.
However, 2019 showed drinking and driving deaths to be at the lowest level the NHTSA has seen since 1982.
Forbes released an overview of statistics from both the NHTSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the NHTSA has only recently started collecting data on drinking and driving fatalities. Here is an overview of the statistics on drinking and driving from the government agencies:
- About one-third of car crash fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk drivers.
- The yearly cost of alcohol-related car crashes is more than $44 billion.
- Alcohol-impaired drivers got behind the wheel of a car about 147 million times in 2018.
- In 2017, 32% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes while driving at night were drunk.
- Almost twice as many alcohol-related and fatal car crashes occur during the weekend
- In 2017, there were four male, alcohol-impaired drivers for every one female alcohol-impaired driver out on the road.
- In 2019, there were 50,930 drivers in fatal car crashes, and an estimated 19% of the drivers were alcohol-impaired.
- About 6% of teens surveyed in the latest CDC High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey said they drove while drinking within the past 30 days. Nearly 17% of teens surveyed admitted to driving in a car while a driver who had been drinking. 7% were male.
- In 2018, 29% of all traffic fatalities were alcohol-impaired crashes.
- Covid didn’t reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents despite less traffic on the road. Police reported alcohol involvement in 9% of crashes, according to an NHTSA analysis of the 2020 traffic statistics.
- About 27% of drivers were involved in alcohol-related serious or fatal crashes from March 17, 2020, through Sep. 30, 2020, compared to 21% from Sep. 10, 2019, through March 16, 2020.
Every 9 hours someone in Texas dies from drunk driving
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 963 DUI-alcohol-related fatalities in 2019. That means on average, a person in Texas dies every nine hours and six minutes as a result of a traffic crash involving alcohol. What’s worse is that every single life lost was 100% unnecessary and preventable.
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