Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. 42,636 people killed.

So let's put that in perspective. According to which report you use, 16,885 of those deaths were due to alcohol related accidents.

But when you consider it compared to other causes of death, road traffic accidents of all kinds - including alcohol related - is 19th on the list behind diarreah!

Furthermore, 42,636 deaths out of a country of 300 million equates to .014%. The common flu kills 40,000 every year alone.

Furthermore, these are the statistics for ALL auto related accidents, meaning that the subset of alcohol related deaths as a percentage of all who drink, ~ 140 million, equates to .012%

Statistically speaking it's not much different from zero.

Check the CDC, the WHO or some other set of stats and nowhere do you see alcohol related car accidents even in the top 10 causes of death.

Does this mean I advocate drinking and driving? Absolutely not, any more than I advocate driving when tired, or too old to check your blind spot, or while texting.

Drinking and driving has been successfully politicized by groups such as MADD because of something that happened to their loved ones and so successfully lobbied the gov't to pass legislation penalizing EVERYONE for what .012% of the population MIGHT do at some point in the future.

Fucking absurd.