Most Minnesota motorists know that driving can be a dangerous activity. However, what they may not know is that, as of 2012, car accidents were found to be the primary cause of injuries across the nation. Not only did approximately 2.5 million individuals visit the emergency room after suffering accident-related injuries in that year, more than 33,000 deaths occurred.
Alcohol and drug use appear to be major factors in the cause of accidents that involve teenagers and young adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 percent of deceased drivers who were between the ages of 15 and 20 had blood alcohol levels that were higher than the legal limit. Additionally, research indicates that approximately 10 percent of young drivers drink and drive. As a response, the National Transportation Safety Board has made a recommendation that would potentially lower the legal blood alcohol level from .08 to .05 percent, a move which could potentially save an estimated 500 lives or more each year.