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Alcohol-Related Car Accident Rate The success of the MADD and SADD prevention programs has had a decreasing effect on drinking and driving At the same time however the car accident alcohol-related death rate of middle age people is still on a rise Despite significant reductions in the amount of the alcohol-crash problem drinking and driving continues to present a major threat to the safety of all road users About one third of deaths among people between the ages of 15 to 24 are the results of motor vehicle-related crashes Studies have been done in high schools nationwide on the patterns of alcohol use These studies have reported that 17 percent of students have participated in drinking and driving one or more times The odds of drinking and driving have increased 25-fold to 14-fold while incidents of drinking rose from 3 to 5 times per month to more than 20 times when compared with drinking on one or more occasions In a similar manner the odds rose two-fold to twelve-fold as the number of days of drinking rose five to more drinks per incident These incidents went from once or twice per month to more than 10 days per month when compared with no binge drinking incidents The studies also showed that students who used other drugs in addition to alcohol were 17 times as likely to drink and drive as students who only used alcohol Today a large portion of the problem dealing with alcohol-related accidents includes a relatively small group of persistent drunk drivers refereed to as hard-core offenders These hard-core offenders have become widely known as one of the important portions of the drinking-driving problem This portion has been categorized as repeatedly driving after drinking with a blood alcohol concentration of 150-200 percent or more and has no thought on changing their behavior Hard-core drunk drivers are proven to be mostly male and are likely to be between the ages of
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