Statistics are an interesting phenomenon—they’re just a bunch of numbers on a sheet of paper. But, sometimes statistics are more than that. They’re someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, other family member, best friend, lover or neighbor.
So, when you consider this report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), think of these statistics as a person, not just a number on a piece of paper.
From 2006 to 2007, DUI related fatalities have declined nationwide and in 32 states, including Colorado, Wyoming, California, New Mexico, Utah and Kansas. The good news is 2,165 fewer people died last year due to an intoxicated driver.
The bad news is alcohol related motorcycle deaths have risen nationwide with Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin leading the pack with an increase of 10 percent to 25 percent. That number translates to 10 to 15 more people died in each of these states.
Let’s remember that these statistics are people—don’t drink and drive.