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Unfortunately, it's something people do this time of year: have a few too many drinks at a holiday party and then get behind the wheel.
This can be a deadly combination, which is why KAKE-TV is sponsoring KAKE Cab. If you need a ride home after a little too much partying, just call 687-1010 and ABC Taxi will pick you up and take you anywhere in the Wichita area for $5.
Jim Elmore is the owner of ABC Taxi. He knows not everyone uses a designated driver, but hopes people will use this new service.
Officers will be running DUI checkpoints this weekend. Unfortunately, the number of people driving under the influence increases this time of year.
Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Ottensmeier says people think they can drive home and always think they can make it, but you can never be sure. So all you have to do is call the number, and you'll protect yourself, and others on the road.
Elmore says he'd rather see you ride home in the back of a cab, than riding in the back of a patrol car on the way to jail.
KAKE Cab is also sponsored by Budweiser, Red Bean's Bayou Grill, Red Mesa Grill and ABC Taxi.
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Drunk Driving Statistics
- Traffic fatalities in alcohol-related crashes rose by four percent from 1999 to
- The 16,653 alcohol-related fatalities in 2000 (40 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year) represent a 25 percent reduction from the 22,084 alcohol-related fatalities reported in 1990 (50 percent of the total).
- NHTSA estimates that alcohol was involved in 40 percent of fatal crashes and in eight percent of all crashes in 2000.
- The 16,653 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes during 2000 represent an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 32 minutes.
- An estimated 310,000 persons were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present — an average of one person injured approximately every two minutes.
- Approximately 1.5 million drivers were arrested in 1999 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 121 licensed drivers in the United States.
- About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
- In 2000, 31 percent of all traffic fatalities occurred in crashes in which at least one driver or nonoccupant had a BAC of 0.10 g/dl or greater. Sixty-nine percent of the 12,892 people killed in such crashes were themselves intoxicated. The remaining 31 percent were passengers, nonintoxicated drivers, or nonintoxicated nonoccupants.
- In the state of Kentucky, there were 820 total fatalities in 2000. Of those, 203 had a BAC greater than or equal to 0.10, which accounted for 25 percent of the total fatalities.
Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site) contributed to this report.