The Costs of Drunk Driving

Drunk driving takes a terrible toll on the nation's roads and highways every year. Also known as "driving under the influence" (DUI) or "driving while intoxicated" (DWI), alcohol-impaired driving was the cause of 31 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in 2012 , according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition to the loss of human life, the government estimates that drunk driving costs Americans nearly $60 billion per year in economic losses. William D. Marelich, a Cal State Fullerton professor of psychology, provided a question and answer session for this article.


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