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andrewdt85
11-20-2005, 05:30 AM
I'm talking number killed, statistics of those killed, my odds, how many killed in my region, the worst days of the year for it, the gender/race/economic background of each victim-

okay, so I exaggerate in that last part ;), but you get the idea- before I have to go call the CIA or the National Safety Council, is there actually a place any of you know of where I can get an incredibly detailed amount of information about drunk driving fatalities? And I don't mean MADD or other organizations- just the stats, not stuff like 'One in 4 mothers will experience...' etc., just pie charts and tables and that stuff.

This is like, one of the most important questions asked on this board, folks, so get to it please. ;)

andrewdt85
11-20-2005, 05:32 AM
This is like, one of the most important questions asked on this board, folks, so get to it please. ;)

I was only using rudeness to get the point across that this is life and death to me: knowing the worst days for drunk driving in your area could save your life, perhaps.

Excuse the rudeness. And I already know that New Years and St. Patricks Day and Xmas etc. are bad days for it- don't mention holidays, that's obvious.

groman
11-20-2005, 05:43 AM
Well, I don't know if there ever was a good study on drunk driving that accounted for the fact that we simply don't know what percentage of drivers during the most drunk driving accidents are actually drunk. Without that number it's hard to say if drinking has any effect on your driving.

For example, even if 50% of fatal accidents involve a drunk driving, but 99% of fatal accidents happen at night and 80% of drivers at night are drunk, then your chances of getting into an accident are actually higher sober. Since it is very hard to measure how many of the drivers who don't crash/get pulled over are drunk, it's very hard to make any conclusions.

We can guess that, yes, since drinking inhibits your motor control, it should affect your driving, but this can be mitigated to a certain degree by being more careful when you drink and drive. I personally never drink and drive, but I know plenty of people who do routinely (and some for the most part) and I honestly don't know anybody who crashed their car drunk. A lot of sober crashes, however. Plural of anecdote isn't data however.

msmith537
11-20-2005, 06:53 AM
We can guess that, yes, since drinking inhibits your motor control, it should affect your driving, but this can be mitigated to a certain degree by being more careful when you drink and drive.

To a certain degree, but not so much that it matters. Drinking also affects your perception, reaction time and attention span so not only does driving get more difficult, so does "being careful".




I alsways assumed that 90% of the cars on the road after midnight are being driven by someone who was drinking (or at least transporting people who were drinking). What else are you driving from at 1am if not a bar?

don't ask
11-20-2005, 06:58 AM
Here (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~eby/ddm.html) is some stuff to begin to worry about.

don't ask
11-20-2005, 07:01 AM
Don't like the look of this (http://www.wvf.state.wv.us/wvdoc/WVDOC%20DUI%20Offender%20Profile%202005%20Final.pdf) either.