The Sobering Facts About Moms Who Drive Drunk
How you can protect your kids’ lives
In Chicago last July, a 24-year-old mother traveling with two small children crossed a median strip on the tollway and ran into another car. She and her 16-month-old son died instantly. Police found an opened bottle of alcohol in the car.
A few weeks later, a New York woman traveling with two of her own children and three nieces drove on the wrong side of the highway, crashing into a car with three men. The men died; only one child, the 5-year-old son of the driver, survived. An autopsy found that the woman had been drinking vodka and smoking pot.
In October, another New York mother under the influence of alcohol lost control of her car while driving children to a sleepover at her house. An 11-year-old girl was killed instantly. The children had been begging the driver to slow down.
What’s happening? Are there a lot more mothers driving drunk today?
Government statistics say yes. The U.S. Department of Transportation released a study in August revealing that the percentage of female drunk drivers had increased nearly 30 per cent in the last ten years. And the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said that over 2,000 fatalities a year involve impaired female driving.