We are all aware of the dangers of drunk driving, but how about this little known fact:
Over a third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving, according to government data released last month. Thirty-five percent of those killed, or 1,547 pedestrians, had blood alcohol content levels of .08 or higher, the legal limit for driving, according to data reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by state highway departments.
Among the 625 pedestrians aged 25- to 34-years-old who were killed, half were alcohol impaired. Just under half the pedestrians killed who were in their early 20s and their mid-30s to mid-50s were also impaired. Only among pedestrians age 55 or older or younger than age 20 was the share of those killed a third or less.
From the AP:
Jonathan Adkins, a spokesman for the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices, said anti-drunk driving campaigns may be encouraging more people to walk home after a night of drinking.
“What it (the data) says to us is that nationally we’ve done a good job of educating people about the dangers of drunk driving, but we haven’t done such a good job of reminding them that other drunk behavior, including walking, can be just as dangerous,” Adkins said.
While there are no official statistics on bicycling fatalities due to alcohol impairment, it is safe to assume that it plays just as large a role as it does in driving or walking. Drunk driving accounts for over 30% of traffic fatalities. Drunk boating the very same. Bottom line – being over the limit can be very dangerous no matter what your mode of locomotion.