High School Drunk Driving Education Program
Drunk Driving is an inherently dangerous activity that carries a tremendous human cost. According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2003, 17,013 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes — an average of one almost every half-hour. Nationally, these deaths constituted approximately 40 percent of the 42,642 total traffic fatalities. In New York, the situation is almost as grim. In 2003, Drunk Drivers accounted for 529 fatalities in the Empire State or 35% of the total of all traffic fatalities.
Along with the human costs, DWI is also a tremendous financial burden. Alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost the public an estimated $114.3 billion in 2000, including $51.1 billion in monetary costs and an estimated $63.2 billion in quality of life losses. People other than the drinking driver paid $71.6 billion of the alcohol-related crash bill, which is 63 percent of the total cost of crashes. In 2000, alcohol-related crashes accounted for an estimated 18% of the $103 billion in U.S. auto insurance payments. In 2000, the average alcohol-related fatality in the United States cost $3.5 million. The estimated cost per injured survivor was $99,000. The total cost attributable to the consequences of underage drinking was more than $53 billion per year in 1998 dollars. This means that in 2000, the societal costs of alcohol-related crashes in the United States averaged $1.00 per drink consumed. People other than the drinking driver paid $0.60 per drink. Therefore, a reduction of alcohol-related crashes by just 10% would save $1.8 billion in claims payments and loss adjustment expenses.
At Fiandach & Fiandach, more than 25 years of experience in this area makes us all too cognizant of these costs. Our experience has also taught us that the only true solution to what the United States Supreme Court has characterized as "The National Carnage," is education brought before drinking and driving establishes itself as a lifetime personal choice.
More than 20 years ago, at Irondequoit High School, Edward L. Fiandach began speaking to high school students about the dangers of Drunk Driving. Over the years, this has evolved into a two-day program in which Mr. Fiandach devotes one session to societal views concerning alcohol, the addictive properties of alcohol and the individual decision to drink. The second session consists of a review of the various criminal penalties for Drunk Driving and Drunk Driving related fatalities as well as the lifetime ramifications of a criminal record.
Since Mr. Fiandach began this voluntary program in 1982, he has never said "no" to a request to appear. This year alone, Ed appeared at Irondequoit High School, R. L. Thomas High School in Webster, Eastridge High School and Penfield High School.
Should you desire Mr. Fiandach to speak to your class, please give our offices a call at 585-244-8910 or 800-592-6006 at least one month in advance of the anticipated date.