It’s been reported that the annual cost of drunk driving to the American people over the years has been staggering. In addition to the human costs of drunk driving – which is huge and very personal to the families of victims who are killed each year in traffic crashes caused by drunk drivers – the financial cost affects all of us. A recent report by the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation says that drunk driving costs Americans $132 billion each year. That’s more than $400 for each man, woman and child in the U.S. The costs will be paid by the federal, state and local governments.
The costs to employers are very high – estimated to be over $10 billion – from crashes involving work trips and crashes outside of work involving employees and benefit-eligible dependents. It’s quite obvious that all of us have a stake in the fight to lessen the bad effects brought on by driving and drinking. We should all encourage our elected officials if they haven’t already done so, to join this fight to stamp out drunk driving.
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