Many motorists admit to being impaired while driving

Jan 26, 2011

Many motorists drink and drive

Millions of Americans get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol each year. A study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals that approximately 30 million Americans drive impaired annually.

The SAMHSA study reveals that each year among motorists over the age of 16, more than 13 percent have driven impaired by alcohol and more than 4 percent by illicit drugs.

SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde says despite efforts to reduce the number of impaired motorists, more work is needed.

"Thousands of people die each year as a result of drunk and drugged driving, and the lives of thousands of family members and friends left behind are forever scarred," says Hyde.

It's best for people to select a designated driver before heading to an event where alcohol will be served. Doing so will help reduce the likelihood of an intoxicated person getting behind the wheel.

Even those who are careful to ensure they don't drive drunk are at risk for getting hurt while on the road, making life insurance an important piece of coverage to have. People can discuss various policies with an agent to determine which plan will best meet their needs.

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