It’s Down Everywhere But Here

Although the incidence of drunk driving deaths are down nearly 5 percent nationwide, the same is not try when you zero-in on specific regions. New Hampshire saw a more than 50 percent increase in drunk driving fatalities last year and New York saw a 14 percent increase. With a population of almost 20 million people it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to imagine there are probably more bars and general opportunities for drinking alcohol there than someplace less populated, but this still doesn’t excuse an increase in the number of people who get behind the wheel of a 4,000 pound missile without their brain.

Anyone who has completed a NY defensive driving course understands just how dangerous distracted driving is. So does every state trooper, police officer, EMT paramedic and firefighters because they are the first on the scene when some inebriated driving wraps his vehicle around a street light, or even worse, someone else’s vehicle.

Traffic school is great for lowering your insurance premiums, keeping points from accumulating on your license or teaching you how to be a safe, defensive driver. Unfortunately it won’t heal broken bones or bring someone back to life if they’ve been struck by a drunk driver.

Despite an increase in the number of public service announcements aimed at anyone who even flirts with the idea getting behind the wheel after tossing back a few beers, drunk driving is still prevalent on a regional basis. Just as once upon a time people thought nothing of driving away without first fastening their seat belt, there are still a large number of people who think nothing of driving while under the influence of alcohol or some other mind-altering substance.

Defensive driving NY means taking responsibility for your own actions and avoiding distractions that might keep you from focusing on the task at hand: driving.

There is no excuse for drunk driving, just as there is no excuse for allowing your mother-in-law to redecorate your Man Cave. So don’t do it.

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