Driving under the influence is one of the top dangers that motorists face every day. Most people know that driving while intoxicated is dangerous and illegal, but many people still choose to get behind the wheel after over-indulging. The most popular drug of choice is alcohol, but other stimulants, hallucinogens, and depressants can also affect driving and can make you responsible for a DUI or an accident. In addition to the physical risks, risks regarding your insurance rates and liability also exist. Other statistics and information about driving under the influence are discussed below.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, over 1.3 million people were placed under arrest for DUI in 2010 alone. Car accidents related to alcohol have also caused roughly $45 billion in damages and claims each year, and it has been suggested that a person is killed or injured in an accident involving a drunk driver every 30 seconds. Here are some other surprising statistics: