This information was found on drinkinganddriving.org, and it is both shocking and enlightening. You can go to that site to see the statistics for every state in the contiguous 48. I am focusing on Bexar County Texas, since that is where I live.
Each and every night, each and every morning as I watch the local news, somebody either gets into a crash or is arrested due to drunk driving. Sometimes there are several drunk drivers in one 24 hour period. Many of those crashes result in personal injury and deaths—needless and senseless deaths. As you’ve probably heard, usually the drunk driver is not one of the dead.
A newspaper dedicated to publishing photos and names of those arrested is available in Bexar County. I used to buy the newspaper and keep an Excel spreadsheet on the data. However, the number of offenders was so enormous I was overwhelmed and gave up keeping the spreadsheet up-to-date.
One thing I noticed: the largest ethnic group of offenders was Hispanic. This wasn’t surprising for two reasons: 1) the Hispanic population outnumbers all others locally, and 2) Hispanics are culturally bellicose nationwide.
In a recent post I mentioned Hispanics often break into convenience stores for no other reason than to steal beer. That’s it! A felony burglary for just an 18-pack of beer. This gives you an idea of how important beer/Tequila/hard booze is to Hispanics.
There is a very serious alcohol problem within that ethnic group. But don’t expect that to change any time soon. It’s a cultural thing.
Besides drunk driving, most assaults, murders, and other violent crimes are committed by Hispanics in Bexar County. Oh, sure, Caucasians and African-Americans also commit crimes, but not as frequently. Proof of that is blatantly obvious in that newspaper I used to buy.
Concentrating on Texas (and later on Bexar County) and using the other states as a comparison, the greatest number of drunk driving offenses are in California and are more than 200,000! Texas is the number two state in the country.
The screenshots below are from drinkinganddriving.org and instead of all this text, you can refer to the data in the screenshots.
Be prepared to be shocked.
Some of the data goes only as far as 2005, while some of it goes to January 2014, so be sure you read carefully to know how recent the data is.
All across the country drunk driving is a deadly crime. It is also very costly due to attorney fees, court costs, fines, loss of driver’s license, loss of job and family, medical bills, and lawsuits. Also, consider prison sentences.
I cannot fathom the stupidity of people who risk all that in the above paragraph just to slug down some alcoholic drinks, including beer.
In addition to drunk driving offenses, often (at least, in Bexar County) being drunk leads to all sorts of crimes, i.e., burglaries, assaults, murders, stabbings, domestic violence, and so on.
It just isn’t worth it, people! It just isn’t worth the punishments even for just a “buzz”. Some people might realize the dangers and not drink and drive.
But, in my humble opinion, to not drink and drive is something Hispanics do not consider to be macho. And they absolutely must be macho—so they think.