There have been 32 fatal car accidents in Anne Arundel County as of around 3:00 p.m on Saturday. Of these fatal accidents, 16 involved alcohol. I cannot remember the exact number but there have been over 1,100 drunk driving arrests in 2008 in Anne Arundel County.
How do I know this? It is posted outside of the police station in Millersville that I drove by on Saturday while taking one of my sons to a pumpkin patch. Seeing those numbers got me to thinking: if the numbers for everyone’s hometown was the screensaver on the work computers of every American, we would save at least 4,000 lives in this country a year.
Of course, I’m completely making that number up. But don’t you think that this would reduce drunk driving deaths by at least 33%? In 2007, an approximately 12,998 people died in alcohol-impaired traffic crashes involving a driver with a BAC .08 or higher. These deaths constituted 31.7 percent of the 41,059 total motor vehicle accident fatalities in the United States in 2007. According, if we could reduce drunk driving fatal accident by a third, we would save over 4,000 lives.