When people think of drunk driving and the tragic effects of drunk driving accidents, people are often thinking in terms of personal injury and loss of life. However, according to a recent news feature from Reuters, preventing or reducing the number of drunk driving car crashes may benefit the economy as well as preventing injury.
Over the past 30 years, we have experienced a significant reduction in the number of alcohol-related car accidents on a nationwide basis. A recent study on the economic effects of drunk driving accidents suggests this reduction may have actually benefited the national economy.
Researchers estimated with $200 million of annual (compounded) growth to the United States gross domestic product since 1986, around five percent of this growth can be attributed to a reduction in the amount of drunk driving car accidents during this period.