What comes to mind when you think of the “average” drunk driver? While this answer will vary from person to person, there are many stereotypes: college students, people leaving a sporting event, bar patrons at closing time, etc.
Alcoholic.org surveyed 2,000 Americans about their drinking and driving habits. The results of the survey are eye-opening. Let’s take a look at some of them:
- Age group with the most drunk drivers: The age group with the most respondents admitting to drunk driving was 35 to 51. The age group with the least number of respondents admitting to drunk driving was 70 or older.
- Men or women? Of respondents, 45 percent of men and 35 percent of women admitted to drunk driving.
- Regional drunk drivers: The area of the United States with the most respondents admitting to drunk driving was the Midwest, with 41.59 percent. In the west, 34.61 percent of respondents admitted to drunk driving.
- Number of drinks a week: Of respondents admitting to drunk driving, the average number of drinks consumed each week was 1 to 4.
- Driving with passengers: Do passengers make a difference in whether or not a person chooses to drink and drive? According to this survey, 51.17 percent of respondents stated that yes, having passengers very much affects the decision of whether to drink and drive: 22.17 percent replied “somewhat”, and 26.66 percent replied “not at all”.
No matter how you cut it, drunk driving is dangerous. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a drunk driver in a car accident, talk to a lawyer from Winer, Burritt & Tillis LLP.
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