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Drunk Driving

The Facts
50-75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to
drive on a suspended license
The only thing that will sober you up is time
A person is hurt in a drunk driving accident
every 2 minutes
2/3 of people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime
A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of
beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled
spirits
The average person metabolizes alcohol at the
rate of about one drink per hour

Drugged Driving
The emerging issue of
drugged driving

There are many imapiring drugs that are both


legal and illegal that can impair our ability to
drive
Drivers now get behind the wheel with a com-

Tracking: Drugs inhibit a persons ability to


stay in their lane and maintain a safe distance
from the car in from of them
Attention: Some drugs can make it difficult to
focus and process information
Perception: Since 90% of information processed by our brain while driving is visual, im-

bination of alcohol and drugs, called poly use,

paired vision due to drug use seriously hinders

in thier system creating another set of issues

a persons driving ability

How Do Drugs Affect


Driving Skills?
Coordination: Drugs affect nerves and muscles, which make steering, breaking, accelerating, and manipulation of vehicle difficult
Reaction time: Drugs slow response and
reaction times
Judgment: Drugs have cognitive effects that
can hinder a persons ability to assess risks and

Underage Drinking
Why 21?
Teens get drunk twice as fast as adults do
Teens naturally overdo it and drink more than
adults
Not letting teens drink before 21 protects their
growing brains
Before the legal age of 21 was enforced, un-

avoid potential hazards by decreasing fear and

derage drunk drivers were involved in twice as

thus increasing risk-taking behavior

many fatal accidents than they are today


Drinking alcohol before a persons brain is fully
developed can cause permanent short and longterm brain damage

To get more
information

Victim Services
Meet other victims/survivors that you can

communicate with
Visit your local MADD organization to see how
you can become more involved!
Supportive literature and Maddovcate
magazine that are filled with supportive and
MADD Florida Northwest Office
1018 Thomasville Rd, Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Pressing Issues ...

Phone Number: 850.681.0061


Email: northwest.fl@madd.org

hopeful stories
MADD can help you understand what
kinds of compensation you can recieve
such as funeral expenses, medical expenses,
counseling services etc.
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the

Drunk driving
Drugged driving
Underage drinking

Crime Victims Fund, provide funds to organizations such as MADD to offer compensation and assistance programs to support
those affected
Those affected have the opportunity to become a part of the Story Center where they
are given the opportunity to put a face to
the statistics and tell their story and make

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

an impact