DONE - Chapter 5. Societal and Economic Costs: Part 1

Florida Drug and Alcohol Test (TLSAE) Course: Chapter 5. Societal and Economic Costs

This chapter covers the following topics

5.1. Quantified Measures of Alcohol and Drug Abuse While Operating a Motor Vehicle
5.2. Personal Economic Costs and Legal Problems
5.3. Risk to Sober Drivers
5.4. How Impaired Drivers Affect Other People
5.5. Persuasive Method to Prevent Drinking and Driving

Section 5.1. Quantified Measures of Alcohol and Drug Abuse While Operating a Motor Vehicle

As you take this course, keep in mind that there are over five million traffic crashes each year, and more than 37,000 people die in those crashes. In addition to the cost in human lives, the economic cost exceeds $230 billion annually!

The cost to state and local governments for one minor crash can be twenty-two thousand dollars or more. For a fatal crash, the cost can soar to a half million dollars in emergency and court costs, and that doesn't include time lost from work, higher insurance rates and everything else that comes up in the aftermath of a crash.

The amount of money is staggering. Do you know what you can buy with $230,000,000,000?

Wii Consoles 580,000,000

Video Games 2,320,000,000

Ferraris 773,333

When you consider the monetary costs, as well as the costs in terms of human lives, you can understand why we have traffic rules and regulations to keep vehicles from crashing into one another.

In Summary:

Number of Crashes in 2008 5,811,000

Number of Fatalities in Crashes in 2008 37,261

Economic Costs Annually 230,000,000,000

Costs per crash to state and local governments:

Approximate Cost per Non-fatal Crash $22,000

Approximate Cost per Fatal Crash $500,000

Estimates of the costs associated with underage alcohol consumption can be useful in supporting decisions by policymakers to take decisive action to reduce underage drinking. Of course, regardless of the economic factors associated with underage drinking, everyone should be motivated to prevent youth alcohol use.

The Costs of Underage Alcohol Use

The total cost of alcohol use by teenagers is $68 billion per year, the equivalent of$253.50 for every man, woman and child in the United States. Many of us are all too familiar with a major tragic consequence of underage drinking - traffic crashes. The combination of alcohol use and driving by people with little driving experience and low alcohol tolerance can indeed be deadly. But several other problems are associated with underage drinking, including increased crime rates (including violent crime and sexual assault), traumatic injury, suicide, alcohol poisonings, and alcohol dependence and abuse requiring treatment.

These problems and their staggering costs are alarming, but many effective tools are available to prevent and reduce underage drinking. Legislators, law enforcement personnel, parents and teens can all play a role in changing social norms about youth alcohol use. The reduction in traffic fatalities resulting from the increase in the minimum drinking age has saved both lives and dollars - and significantly reduced physical and emotional suffering. However, these laws are only as strong as the degree to which people comply with them and their enforcement.

Understanding the impact of underage drinking-and the human, economic and other costs associated with it - can promote more vigorous and comprehensive prevention strategies. The future of America's youth depends on these efforts.

Estimated Costs of Alcohol Use by Youth

Traffic Crashes $10,019,000,000
Youth Violence $43,835,000,000
High-Risk Sex, Ages 14-20 4,871,000,000
Property Crime $3,178,000,000
Injury 2,064,000,000
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome $1,227,000,000
Alcohol Poisoning 416,000,000
Treatment $2,400,000,000
TOTAL $68,010,000,000

(Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation 2007:

Florida Drug and Alcohol Test (TLSAE) Course:

Florida TLSAE/Drug & Alcohol 4 hour Course Online

Who is required to take this 4-hour drug and alcohol course?

This is a first-time drivers ed course for new aspiring drivers. The state of Florida requires all new drivers take a 4-hour drug and alcohol course. If you want your Permit License you must take this course. You can take the DATA course when you are 14 1/2. You can sign up right now at our website. Our course is easy and fun!
  •     Florida 4 hour first-time drivers course also referred as:
  •     TLSAE - Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education
  •     DATA - Drug Alcohol Traffic Awareness course
  •     DATE Drug Alcohol Traffic Awareness Education course
  •     ADAPT - Alcohol Drugs Accident Prevention Training
  •     Drug & Alcohol Course or Drug and Alcohol Class
  •     Florida Permit Test or Florida Permit Exam Course
  •     The Permit Test is also known as the DMV Exam or DMV Test
Florida first time driver course required to get a Florida drivers license. Florida first time driver courses teach drivers how drugs and alcohol affect driving,. In that situation you have to go home, make a new appointment and return the DMV. Every new driver is required to take a Florida TLSAE course.

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