How Many is Drunk Driving Deaths in 2022 Worldwide?
A recent MoneyGeek report estimates that there will be a staggering 28% increase in the number of DUI-related deaths in 2022. The numbers are even more shocking when you consider that a third of these fatalities happen on weekends. The worst part is that these incidents never take a vacation. They tend to spike right around New Year’s Day. Summer is also the most dangerous time to be behind the wheel. MoneyGeek estimates that 28% of DUI-related deaths will occur in the summer of 2022.
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Predictions for dangerous days, weeks, and holidays
While Americans usually find ways to celebrate the holidays in a fun and safe way, driving on certain holidays is especially hazardous. Roads can become congested and drivers are more likely to be impaired. Drivers should take extra precautions, especially if they are in a state with high fatality rates.
Traffic in major cities will increase dramatically in December. According to AAA, there will be 109 million cars on the road during this time. Holiday travel is expected to be especially bad along popular corridors in major cities. Road closures crash and the weather is all factors in increasing travel times. In addition, snowplows may be scarce in some areas. The worst days will be right after Christmas and just before New Year’s.
Impact of COVID-19 on fatality rates
This study found that COVID-19 has an indirect impact on the severity of crashes, increasing the aggressiveness and inattentiveness of drivers. However, the effect of COVID-19 on crash severity was minimal, with the coefficients of these variables varying by 0.205 and 0.207, respectively. Nevertheless, these results provide important insight into the effect of COVID-19 on the severity of crashes during disruptive events.
The study used a multigroup structural equation modeling method to measure the impact of COVID-19 on the severity of crashes in Virginia. This method takes into account the interrelationship between several variables and latent ones, such as the aggressiveness and inattentiveness of human drivers.
Impact of seat belts on fatality rates
Studies show that the increased use of seat belts reduces the risk of severe and fatal injury in motor vehicle crashes. When occupants wear a seat belt, the risk of fatal injury decreases by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate or critical injury drops by 60 percent. However, not all drivers wear seat belts. According to the Institute of Highway Safety, fewer than one-third of people in drunk driving crashes use seat belts.
Seat belt use has increased dramatically over the past decade. In 2020, almost ninety percent of front-seat passengers wore seat belts. In 2017, only half of the front-seat passengers wore seat belts. In contrast, nearly twenty-five percent of rear-seat occupants were belted.
Cost of alcohol-related incidents
Currently, the nation’s death rate due to alcohol-related driving accidents is increasing in every level of urbanization, from non-metropolitan areas to large metro areas. While large metro areas experienced the largest increases, non-metro areas experienced the smallest increases. The highest rate of alcohol-related deaths was recorded in New Mexico (34.32 per 100,000 people), while the lowest rate was reported in Hawaii (5.9 per 100,000 people).
While the number of drunk drivers is declining due to the efforts of legislators and activists, it remains the second-most-common human cause of fatal car accidents. In 2019, over 19 percent of fatal car crashes involved a legally drunk driver. In 2010, the number of drivers who died was higher, at 22 percent. However, the probability of driving under the influence of alcohol varies depending on age, gender, and time of day.