Published on December 9, 2008
Slide 1: Drunk Driving Seatbelt Use Speeding Presented by SGT Scott Napier Slide 3: Think it’s not a big deal? According to MADD and DoD Reports, comparing fatalities in 2005 of both causes, the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving in the United States totaled 16,885 compared to 846 US casualties in Iraq. In 2007, an estimated 12,998 people died in alcohol-impaired traffic crashes involving a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater). These deaths constitute 31.7% of the 41,059 total traffic fatalities in 2007. 16,885 deaths equals one every 31 minutes Of the 16,885 people who died in alcohol-related crashes in 2005, 14,539 (86%) had at least one driver with a BAC of .08 or higher (legally drunk). An estimated 254,000 persons were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present — an average of one person injured approximately every 2 minutes. Slide 4: Demographics The highest percentage of drunk drivers in fatal crashes was for drivers ages 25 to 34 (23%) followed by the 21 to 24 (16%) age group. In crashes involving at least one 21- to 24-year-old alcohol-impaired driver, there were 2,425 fatalities. There were 3,453 fatalities in crashes involving at least one 25- to 34-year-old alcohol-impaired driver. In 2005, 21% of the children age 14 and younger who were killed in car crashes were killed in alcohol-related crashes. Another 48 children age 14 and younger who were killed in traffic crashes in 2005 were pedestrians or cyclists who were struck by drivers with BAC .01 or higher. Twenty-five States and the District of Columbia had increases in the number of alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders in 2007 Slide 5: Think it can’t happen to you? Slide 6: After a nasty break up she got drunk and went for a drive, with a BAC of .19, missed a turn, flipped and rolled the car more than 5 times. Fifteen surgeries later she is disfigured and blind with permanent brain damage, luckily she did not hurt or kill anyone else. Meet Denise Wagoner Slide 7: Any Questions? Slide 8: Seatbelt Use Slide 9: Why You Should Use Them? 40,000 people die each year in car accidents It is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 35. According to NHTSA, safety belts can prevent death in about half of these accidents. Slide 10: What happens in a crash? The car stops in the first tenth of a second, but you keep on at the same rate you were going in the car until something stops you. At 15 miles an hour, the impact is about the same as jumping from a medium sized ladder. At 30 miles your impact force increases four times, or slightly more than the same impact you'd feel as if you fell three stories. You become very acquainted with the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield - if you're not wearing your safety belt. A properly worn safety belt keeps that second collision - the human collision - from happening. Slide 11: "Properly worn" means with both straps snugly fitted to transfer the impact of the collision to the parts of your body that can take it - your hipbones and shoulder bones. Wear It Right With just the shoulder strap on, you can still slide out from under it and be strangled. The lap belt alone doesn't keep your face from hitting the steering wheel. Slide 12: What’s your excuse? "I'm only going to the grocery store/ PX/ next block." "I won't be in an accident: I'm a good driver." "I'm afraid the belt will trap me in the car." Statistically, the best place to be during an accident is in your car. If you're thrown out of the car, you're 25 times more likely to die. And if you need to get out of the car in a hurry - as in the extremely tiny percent of accidents involving fire or submergence - you can get out a lot faster if you haven't been knocked unconscious inside your car. Slide 13: What’s your excuse? During a car accident at 30mph, a typical rear passenger is flung forward with a crushing force of 7,200 pounds. That is enough to easily deform the front seats and crush the driver or front passenger fatally. The heavier the passenger, the more damage they cause. The risk of death for drivers and front seat passengers who used seatbelts was increased about five times when rear seat occupants were not buckled in, and seven times in a head on collision. "I'm in the back seat, so I don’t need to wear that stupid thing." Slide 14: Statistics Slide 15: You can learn a lot from a dummy! Any questions? Slide 16: Speeding Slide 17: Speed costs money! In a typical family sedan, every 10 miles per hour you drive over 60 is like the price of gasoline going up about 54 cents a gallon That figure will be even higher for vehicles with poor aerodynamics or vehicles originally rated at 20 mpg or less Pushing air around actually takes up about 40% of a car's energy at 45 mph, and at speeds above 60 increases exponentially Every 10 mph faster reduces fuel economy by about 4 mpg If a car gets 28 mpg at 65 mph, driving it at 75 would drop that to 24 mpg, but driving at 55 mph will get you 33 mpg! The nationwide average cost of a speeding ticket more than $150 Slide 19: Did You Know? As of 2007, motor vehicle crashes cost taxpayers an estimated $7,300 per second. In 2004, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and 13,192 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes The 2001 costs of speeding-related crashes were estimated to be $40.4 billion — $76,865 per minute or $1,281 per second At least eight in 10 younger drivers report speeding at least monthly on each road type Six in 10 drivers age 65 or older report speeding on all road types The chances of having a fatal accident due to speeding in rural areas is more than 3 times as likely Slide 20: Questions?