Drunk drivers wreak havoc on other people’s lives with their choice to drive drunk. They cause car wrecks – fatal and minor – property damage, and a lot of emotional damage to people who were affected in an accident at their hands. Their reckless behavior changes and ends lives. They cost people and insurance companies hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in medical bills, funeral cost, therapist bills, and property repair.
As much as we all have learned about drunk driving, it is amazing that people still drive under the influence. Drunk drivers hit the road about 300,000 times a day, but there are only less than 4,000 people arrested for it. Maybe this is why people still do it. If you get away with something enough, you begin to feel like you will never get caught.
The problem is drunk drivers never think about the damage they can cause when they get behind the wheel. For this reason, it is crucial for everyone to be aware of the people around them and follow the rules on driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
Car Drives Through A Philadelphia Home
Recently, an elderly gentleman, Carmen Adamo, an 84-year-old Philadelphia man, had the fright of his life a week after he buried his wife of almost 60 years who lost a five year battle with breast cancer. Catherine Ryan, a 34-year-old drunk driver, drove her car right through his living room causing his house to catch on fire.
Carmen was sitting in his upstairs living room of his one-story brick house when Catherine drove the majority of her sedan through the house. The crash knocked Carmen out of his seat and right into a table where he injured his knee. Neighbors came out to Carmen and Catherine’s aid when they heard the crash. Carmen was pulled out of the house through a back window and Catherine, though stuck in her car, was safely taken out by someone passing by.
Both Carmen and Catherine were not majorly injured and Catherine is possibly going to be charged with a DUI.
Drunk Driving Statistics
The statistics on drunk driving are staggering. 1/3 of drunk drivers have been arrested and/or convicted at least once before. In the year of 2011, more than 1.2 million people were arrested for driving drunk or on drugs. Women are less likely to drive drunk than men and the majority of fatal accidents due to drunk driving were with drivers between the ages of 21-24. For more stats visit this page.
No matter what information is put out there, it does not seem to deter people from driving drunk.
Drunk driving is a problem society has not quite wrapped their heads around with the number of drunk driving occurrences. The message that seems to constantly be overlooked is the consequences of drunk driving. Carmen lost his wife and now his home because of Catherine’s irresponsibility. Drunk drivers selfishly get behind the wheel under the influence and risk changing the lives of innocent bystanders and their families because they end up injured or dead.