Drunken Driving the Cause of 1,000 Deaths Annually

      March 18, 2010 08:36

      An average of 1,000 people are killed in drunken-driving accidents each year, a report shows. Of the total 215,822 traffic accidents in 2008, 26,873 or 12.5 percent were related to drunken driving, according to the report released Wednesday by the Road Traffic Authority. They claimed 969 lives and left 48,497 people injured.

      The drunken-driving accidents cost the nation W685.5 billion in 2008, or an average W25.51 million per accident, if  medical expenses, suspension of business, lost labor and funeral service fees are counted (US$1=W1,128).

      By region, Gyeonggi Province had the most drunken-driving accidents with 6,393, followed by Seoul with 3,481 and North Gyeongsang Province with 2,283. Jeju had the least with 313.

      Total losses from the some 210,000 traffic accidents nationwide in 2008 were estimated at W10.81 trillion, which is equal to 1.1 percent of the nation's gross domestic product.

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