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How alcohol affects the ability to drive

According to statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 30 people in the United States die every day from traffic accidents caused by drunk driving. While these types of incidents have dropped dramatically in the past 30 years, they still account for more than 10,000 deaths per year and more than $44 billion in annual damages. For pedestrians, drivers and passengers on the road in Missouri and other states, alcohol intoxication remains a serious threat.

Are higher crash rates related to earlier school start times?

While the terms “distracted driving” or even “drunk driving” have infiltrated common usage over the last several decades, there is a newer phrase that seems to bridge the gap between the two. With individuals pushing themselves, multitasking and failing to recognize their limits, “drowsy driving” has become a deadly reality on our nation's roads.

Self-driving cars still not prepared to stop all crashes

While many in Missouri are excited about the potential for self-driving vehicles to eliminate human error and make the roads safer, others are concerned about the potential downsides of new vehicle technologies. For example, in one crash involving a Tesla vehicle with Autopilot engaged, the car slammed into a police car and fire truck parked with lights running and blocking an upcoming lane. Of course, Tesla has warned against relying on Autopilot for autonomous driving, saying that the feature is currently intended to help improve driver safety, not replace the role of a human driver.

Drunk driving and its effects

For every year between 2006 and 2016, the number of drunk driving fatalities exceeded 10,000. Though the number has declined by a third over the past three decades, there is no question that drunk driving continues to be an epidemic. Missouri residents should know that 30 people in this country die every day in drunk driving crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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