Michigan Driving Statistics Paper- a short paper done for Drivers Training Segment I Class

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Driving is how we get around daily but can be extremely dangerous to yourself and the people driving around you. In this paper you will see why from proof by statistics and studies done by various groups in Michigan and outside of Michigan.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a fatal traffic crash as being alcohol-related if either a driver or a pedestrian and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01 grams per deciliter or greater in a police-reported traffic crash.(1 Persons with a BAC of 0.10 grams per deciliter or greater involved in fatal crashes are considered to be intoxicated. This is the legal limit of intoxication in most states. In Michigan its also illegal to drive with a body alcohol content level of more thn 0.07 but less than 0.10 (driving while impaired). Drunk driving statistics continue to show that alcohol involvement remains the leading factor in motor vehicle deaths.

Alcohol-related fatalities remained at 41 percent of total highway deaths, so it seems that the decreases which have occurred over the last twenty years in annual drunk driving deaths, have stopped. 17,419 persons were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2002, 15,019 of which involved a driver or non-occupant with blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater. This means that 86% of persons killed in alcohol-related crashes were considered legally drunk.

Here are some more statistics involving Michigan. In the year of 2002, the total traffic deaths for Michigan were 1,277. Alcohol related deaths were 490. The percentage of alcohol related deaths was 38%. There are approximately 12 million automobile accidents every year according to the National Safety Counsel (NSA). An average of 115 people die each day in motor vehicle accidents in the US - one every 13 minutes. Among the years 1997 through 2001, 6,909...