Expected?Rogue Scholar 05 wrote:
2. Unlucky? In NASCAR they do not call them accidents are you are expected to get involved in crashes. Same goes for drunk divers. They are never involved in accidents because drunks are expected to crash and that is why they should not drive.
"Selzer et al (12) studied 50 alcoholics and found that the majority of them had not been involved in more than 2 collisions in their lifetime - a record many of us envy."
"Filkins et al (6) studied 1,247 hospitalized alcoholics who were known to be drivers and found that 86 per cent of them had not been involved in more than one collision in the 6-year study period; 83 per cent had neither a DWI charge nor more than one driving conviction in the 6.year period."
"Clay (5) examined the driver and hospital records of nearly 1,400 hospitalized alcoholics and reported that:
...from a total sample of 1,273 chronic alcoholic drivers. 94 (7%) probably qualify as prime candidates for a traffic safety countermeasures program. The other 1,179 according to their driving records, drive much like the rest of us. At most, if we include medium risk drivers, we should be concerned about the driving habits of only 34 per cent."
-Mass Arrests for Impaired Driving May Not Prevent Traffic Deaths
"The evidence at least suggests that our index is measuring a potential for risk-taking behavior which may exist in a person independently of his use of alcohol and which manifests itself as aggressive irresponsibility. Such people may frequently use their cars as weapons rather than as means of transportation. The role of alcohol with such a person may simply be to more readily allow expression of that potential.... the high risk drinking driver may be a very different kind of problem than we thought [as opposed to the garden variety drunk]."
Please don't mistake this as an apologia for drunk driving. I merely point out that most people don't have a clue that the "killer drunk driver" generally is someone with psychiatric issues that are expressed when they are drinking. The average drunk drives home without getting into a serious accident because he doesn't go careening down the road at high speed like the angry nutball. And studies show that the psycopathologic driver is more dangerous than the average driver whether drunk or sober.