According to a new federal government report, more than 2.5 million Americans are sent to the emergency room every year because of motor vehicle collisions.
That breaks down to roughly 7,000 people a day heading to hospitals around the U.S. The most common victims are teens, young adults and drivers over 80.
According to the CDC, these accidents cost in excess of $18 million in expenses over a lifetime.
Though accidents overall have decreased over the last 10 years, traffic accidents are still hailed as the primary cause of injury in America.
The key causes of these accidents:
-Running red lights
-Running stop signs
For teens and young adults, alcohol plays the biggest role in traffic accidents.
The statistics show that drivers between the age of 15-20 that die because of car crashes have a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.
In fact, the CDC claims that teen deaths because of drunk driving is 3x that of adults. Alcohol related fatalities cost the United States more than $50 billion each year.
Scary. Isn’t it? What can we do to stop these senseless strategies?
Lower the legal limit for drivers? Harsher laws for drunk drivers?
Wishful thinking, but not likely to help. Honestly, if people don’t get it by now, what is there?
One answer perhaps: Education in the schools. The penalties are not helping. You can make the penalties extremely harsh and it won’t stop the drunks from getting behind he wheel.
Education, plain and simple.
It will not stop these from occurring, but possibly will decrease the frequency amongst teen drivers.