Have a Happy New Year but please be safe

By
Real Estate Agent with Century-21 Homestar

In Ashtabula County Ohio in the past 2-3 weeks we have lost 6 people to traffic accidents 5 of the 6 were drug and alcohol related. New Years Eve is in the top 3 deadliest nights for drinking and driving on U.S roads. Before you go out tonight find a Designated Driver or better yet just stay home if your going to drink. Please think before you drink....

Although the numbers have fallen over the years we still have to many deaths from drinking and driving 1 is 1 to many just ask someone who lost a loved one from it....I'm sure you know someone .....I know 3 more people just from the last 3 weeks that lost someone they loved from drinking and driving....

Fatal Accident Crash Pictur:es and Stories here is a link to share with your friends and family to show them that this is serious... there are no dead body's in these pics just mangled cars that people were killed in.

*According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "A motor vehicle crash is considered to be alcohol-relatedif at least one driver or non-occupant (such as a pedestrian or pedalcyclist) involved in the crash is determined to have had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 gram per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. Thus, any fatality that occurs in an alcohol-related crash is considered an alcohol-related fatality. The term 'alcohol-related' does not indicate that a crash or fatality was caused by the presence of alcohol."

**A driver involved in a motor vehicle crash is considered alcohol-impairedif he or she exhibits a BAC of .08 or greater.

Alcohol-related deaths in the US since 1982:

  Total fatalities Alcohol-related
fatalities
 
Year Number Number Percent
1982 43,945 26,173 60
1983 42,589 24,635 58
1984 44,257 24,762 56
1985 43,825 23,167 53
1986 46,087 25,017 54
1987 46,390 24,094 52
1988 47,087 23,833 51
1989 45,582 22,424 49
1990 44,599 22,587 51
1991 41,508 20,159 49
1992 39,250 18,290 47
1993 40,150 17,908 45
1994 40,716 17,308 43
1995 41,817 17,732 42
1996 42,065 17,749 42
1997 42,013 16,711 40
1998 41,501 16,673 40
1999 41,717 16,572 40
2000 41,945 17,380 41
2001 42,196 17,400 41
2002 43,005 17,524 41
2003 42,643 17,013 40
2004 42,518 16,919 39
2005 43,443 16,885 39
2006 42,532 15,829 37
2007 41,059 15,387 37
2008 37,261 13,846 37

Drinking and driving fatalities by state in 2008 (ranked by highest number of alcohol-related* deaths):

State Total Fatalities

Alcohol-Related
Fatalities

Number Percent
Texas 3,382 1,463 43
California 3,434 1,198 35
Florida 2,978 1,041 35
Pennsylvania 1,468 578 39
North Carolina 1,433 500 35
Georgia 1,493 489 33
South Carolina 920 463 50
Illinois 1,043 434 42
Ohio 1,190 415 35
New York 1,231 409 33
Louisiana 912 404 44
Tennessee 1,035 386 37
Alabama 966 367 38
Virginia 824 365 44
Missouri 960 364 38
Michigan 980 331 34
Arizona 937 329 35
Mississippi 783 297 38
Oklahoma 749 274 37
Indiana 814 250 31
Wisconsin 605 250 41
Kentucky 826 226 27
Washington 521 225 43
Arkansas 600 205 34
Colorado 548 202 37
New Jersey 590 197 33
Maryland 591 186 31
Minnesota 456 161 35
Oregon 416 159 38
Kansas 385 157 41
Massachusetts 363 151 42
West Virginia 380 142 37
Nevada 324 121 37
New Mexico 366 118 32
Iowa 412 113 27
Connecticut 264 104 40
Montana 229 103 45
Idaho 232 93 40
Nebraska 208 75 36
Wyoming 159 75 47
Utah 275 55 20
New Hampshire 139 53 38
North Dakota 104 52 50
Hawaii 107 50 46
Delaware 121 49 40
Maine 155 47 30
South Dakota 119 41 34
Rhode Island 65 29 45
Alaska 62 24 38
Vermont 73 15 21
Dist of Columbia 34 13 39
National 37,261 13,846 37
Puerto Rico 399 162 41

Have a great New Year .....peace everyone zane

Comments (6)

Lisa VonBargen
Photography7522 - Estes Park, CO
Estes Park Real Estate Photographer

Right on. We're not driving to Denver for fireworks for that very reason and will stay cozy and safe at home tonight! Have a wonderful 2010...love the bug cars!

Dec 31, 2009 02:47 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Happy New Year, Zane

Unfortunately PA & OH are ranked too high on the list.  Be careful, too.  We are going to the Playhouse with friends w/dinner first.  We'll be home well before midnight.

A fun year was roller skating with the grandkids from 10-2.  At noon they counted down 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Happy New Year balloons, etc.  The music and lights were terrific.

Have fun with your family.

Mary

Dec 31, 2009 02:51 AM
Mike Sparks
The House Company Galveston Texas - Galveston, TX
Galveston Island Real Estate

Ya!!! Texas is number 1!!! oh wait,, it's not the Rose Bowl and the national championship football game....it's the number one ranking for alcohol related traffic deaths!  A ranking where we should strive to be last place.  Sad statistic. 

Dec 31, 2009 04:07 AM
Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
(Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent)

Lisa..You have a great time tonight at home thanks for stopping by

Mary..that sounds like it was fun and be safe tonight

Mike...yes it is a sad statistic for every state no matter how many you have it is way to many. stay safe tonight ....peace zane

Dec 31, 2009 04:27 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Zane, Stay safe tonight if you go out.  We will be at home and off the roads, this post is a good reminder to all. 

Dec 31, 2009 05:39 AM
Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
(Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent)

Mary.... have fun tonight........and thanks ....peace zane

Dec 31, 2009 06:40 AM