Don’t Drink and… Walk!

Turns out that driving under the influence isn’t the only act that’s dangerous, walking while intoxicated is equally hazardous. A study, published in USA TODAY found that fully one third of pedestrian fatalities were due to alcohol levels over .08% which is the legal limit for driving. That means that the percentage of deaths because a pedestrian was intoxicated is comparable to the percentage of drivers killed because of intoxication.

The numbers are even more appaling when we’re talking about younger pedestrians in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket where fully one half of the 625 pedestrian deaths studied turned out to be alcohol related.

Pedestrian deaths were usually caused by impaired  people falling into traffic, trying to dodge or outrun a vehicle or trying to cross the street against the light.

You can read the complete USA TODAY article here.

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