After having a couple of drinks, some people are under the misconception they are fine to get behind the wheel. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect a person quickly. According to research by the AdCouncil.org, the most common excuse given after an accident resulting from drunk driving is, “I’m just buzzed” or “I only had a few.” Further investigation determined the term “buzzed” could mean anything from feeling slightly tipsy to being falling-down, roaring drunk.
20% of vehicle traffic fatalities are caused by drunk driving. In 2018, 231 children, under the age of 13, were killed due to drunk driving. According to the NHTSA, that same year 10,511 people died in drunk-driving crashes in the United States.
Remember, the driver’s life, and the lives of others on the road, are at risk every time someone gets behind the wheel after drinking. There is no safe way to combine drinking, in any amount, and driving. If you are drinking, don’t drive. Period.
This pandemic has completely changed everyone’s “new normal” in 2020. Whether it is work or school, we are all facing new challenges and making adjustments. The road ahead is very bumpy and we are all dodging potholes.
Causeway Police department is proud to participate in Click It or Ticket. Click It or Ticket is a national program to boost seat belt use and reduce highway fatalities through stepped-up enforcement of seat belt laws, coupled with national and state media campaigns. It takes place each year around Memorial Day.
Unfortunately, we do not know when everything will go back to our old routine. Eventually, the road will smooth out. Either way, it is always a good idea to keep seat belts fastened to ensure the safety of all occupants in this rough terrain.
Before the law required seat belts, the primary vehicle safety device was Mother’s forearm. If she had to stop quickly, her arm would shoot out at sternum level to keep us from flying into the windshield. Even though times and laws have changed, most Mom’s still instinctively throw their arm out in front of the passenger’s seat when slamming on the breaks in the car. Unfortunately, that Mom move might only serve to injure the driver’s arm or the passenger’s face. It is no replacement for using a seat belt.
The most reliable method of saving lives and preventing injuries from occurring is to wear a seat belt. However, millions of drivers and passengers choose not to wear seat belts on everyday occasions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts are estimated to have saved 374,276 lives since 1975. According to the Naval Safety Center, only 1% of passengers who were wearing a seat belt were ejected from a car during a crash.
The next time you climb inside your car and click that belt against your grownup body, thank your Mom for keeping you as safe as she could all those years ago.
Water was pouring into Nakia Stonom’s Hyundai after it plunged into Lake Pontchartrain Monday afternoon and was already covering her nose and mouth when the 25-year-old Covington woman summoned her courage, calmly unbuckled her seatbelt and swam out the window.