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Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Facts and Stats

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Facts and Stats


A very sobering infographic providing facts and statistics about Driving Under the Influence, better known as DUI. While the infographic correctly points out it is better to not drink and drive, too many people think they know better and get behind the wheel.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B

DUI statistics are a serious topic that this infographic is able to capture truthfully. The color scheme is dark and serious which fits the seriousness of the topic. The background looks like a road which goes perfectly with the infographic information.

The 3D map of the Unites States that showed the states with the most DUI related deaths was a great image. The standard drinking chart was informative but a little boring where it could have been put into a more creative chart. The layout of the infographic was well thought out. The borders and arrows helped to guide the reader down the image to the different information. It flowed well and the theme fit with the information but some of the images that were used were boring and easy to ignore. I think it is important to have images that grab the reader’s attention. Some of the images looked like basic clip art and really could have been done better.

I think it would have been good to use colors like yellow, red, black, and orange throughout the whole infographic. These colors make up images of the road and would fit well with the topic. One thing that I thought was interesting was the use of red on the road background at the top. It looks like blood I guess to suggest that there has been a car accident. This is a great way to make sure viewers take this information seriously. Overall this infographic was well designed and, although not the most creative, conveyed the importance of the subject.

Infographic Information: B+

The statistics in this infographic are quite scary and really do make the reader think about the effects of drinking and driving. The top information noted that in some states even if you blow less than .08% BAC, you could still be arrested if the officer thinks you are incapable of driving. I think this fact is important to anyone who may consider drinking and driving after a couple of drinks. Although you may be below the legal limit you can still be arrested and then you will need a traffic lawyer to help you in court. The statistic that every minute one person is injured in an alcohol related crash is eye-opening and shows how serious this information is.

The fact that 1 in 3 people will be involved in an alcohol related crash in their lifetime is amazing and scary. This fact brings the information to a personal level by asking the reader to think about themselves being involved in a crash.  The infographic stated that most drunk drivers who have been arrested have usually done it at least eighty times before. This shows that while you may think you can drink and drive there is still that chance that you will be caught and arrested. It is always best not to take that change and have a designated driver.

It is no surprise that underage drinking is a problem in the U.S. but the statistic that kids who start drinking early are more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash. I think that we all know someone who has been killed in an alcohol related crash which shows how accurate this statistic really is. While the information is sobering and sad it really is a great tool to educate people on drinking and driving.

Infographic about DUI facts provided by auto accident attorney Anna R. Yum.

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Safe Road to Santa’s Workshop – Road Sign Safety

Safe Road to Santa’s Workshop – Road Sign Safety

Safe Road to Santas Workshop

No matter what time of year, it’s important to follow road signs and obey traffic laws.  Especially in the holiday season, when so many more people are on the road shopping for gifts and traveling to see family, road hazards are dangerous and a real threat to your happy holiday season.  This infographic brings to light ten road signs that should receive your special attention.  Be diligent out there!

Deer Xing Signs

Pay attention to this one, especially with the deer population rising.  Over 100 people die every year because of deer/auto collisions, of which there are 500,000 annually.

Stop Signs

12% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrian deaths.  If you’re driving, pay attention to stop signs.  If you’re walking, watch out for cars that don’t stop for stop signs.

Don’t Drink and Drive Signs

With holiday parties and whatnot, more and more people take a chance and get behind the wheel after too much wine, eggnog, or other libation.  In 2009, December saw over 2,000 fatal car accidents.  Guess how many of those were alcohol-related?

Share the Road Signs

Every year, 51,000 cyclists are injured by cars.  Just as much as a motorist needs to be mindful to share the road with cyclists, so do cyclists need to be careful of cars who don’t, in fact, want to share the road.

Stop for Pedestrian Signs

Just to reiterate the problem with pedestrian accidents – know that over 4,000 pedestrians are killed every year.

Buckle Up and Drive Carefully Signs

Every year 35,000 people die in a car crash.  Half of them would live if they’d only wear their seat belts.

Snowmobile Signs

While these aren’t seen all over the country, when they do appear, take heed.  Snowmobile accidents kill 200 people and injure 14,000 people every year.

No Texting While Driving

If that terrible television commercial that aired in 2010 wasn’t enough, maybe the information that over 5,000 people die every year because they are distracted while driving will keep your eyes off the smartphone and on the road.

Fire Hydrant Signs

Know where your water source is.  25,000 chimney fires happen every year in the U.S., and that causes over 30 deaths.

Speed Limit Signs

The speed limit is there for a reason.  An increase from 55 MPH to 65 MPH raises the accident fatality rate by 22%.  No matter what the road conditions may be, follow the speed limit to the tee.


Design:  B+

The graphics are OK, and the text is clear and easy to read.

Information:  B+

Some really good information, but I think better statistics could have backed up the stop sign segment of the infographic.  Pedestrian deaths are addressed twice, and other accidents and fatalities can happen as a failure to stop.  Plus, the Drinking and Driving information does not explain explicitly how many deaths per year occur as a result of alcohol, something that should be spelled out because it is such a problem.  Another way to make the information pack more of a whollop would be to include the cost of each infraction.  Not only can you die, if you survive you REALLY have to pay.

Source:  Road to Santa’s Workshop from Road Traffic Signs


Southern New Jersey Pedestrian Deaths Infographic

Southern New Jersey Pedestrian Deaths Infographic


This infographic deals with pedestrian deaths in Southern New Jersey.  I’ll tell you that when I first heard the topic, without seeing the infographic, I thought, “how many could there be?”  A lot, as it turns out, is the answer.

The Numbers

In 2009, there were 157 pedestrian deaths in Southern New Jersey.  112 were male, 45 were women.  52 out of 136 who were tested for alcohol had alcohol in their systems.  74 people died when crossing the road where they weren’t supposed to.  17 died from crossing at an unmarked crosswalk.  The majority of pedestrians killed were between the ages of 25 and 64.

The Roads

The five roads that saw the highest number of fatalities between 2007 and 2009 occurred on roads in Burlington County, Ocean County, and Atlantic County.  The route numbers are 130, 9, 322, 40, and 30.


Design:  B+

The infographic is very easy to read and clear.  The information is presented in an easy-to-understand way, and the colors used are easy on the eyes and therefore effective.

Information:  A

Who knew that the roads in Southern New Jersey could be so treacherous.  As it says at the beginning of the infographic –
“look both ways before you cross!”

Source:  NJ Pedestrian deaths by Console and Howell

The Dangers of Driving Infographic

The Dangers of Driving Infographic

You may remember the graphic we ran about the dangers of driving down a highway at 65 miles per hour with one hand on the radio and the other hand on the keypad of a smartphone. Texting while driving can indeed be hazardous. Today, Autonetinsurance.co.uk presents to you a more over-arching graphic about the hazards of driving in general.

If the purpose of the graphic is to suddenly make you feel less safe about driving, then it’s done its job. Not that a graphic like this would deter anyone from taking a car somewhere instead of a train or plane (people seem to prioritize cost over safety when they travel as a rule), but the infographic might make you think twice about whether or not you should make that illegal u-turn the next time the situation presents itself.

2,538 people die a year as a result of automobile accidents in the U.K. The graphic compares your odds of being killed in a car with your odds of being killed in other situations. In Britain, the odds of being killed in a car are 1 in 200 and in 1 in 65,000 in train. Frankly, I was surprised that the odds of being killed in a train crash were even as high as they are.  You would think, by now, any and all train accidents would be minimized the point where they basically no longer exist. But I suppose it only takes one person at a train station to make a mistake, causing a train to flip off the rails or the like.

Here’s a funny stat about winning the lottery: you are more likely to die during your car ride to buy a ticket then you are to actually win the lottery. So, hopefully that will deter you from throwing your money away at a lottery station. The graphic points out that men account for 76 percent of all auto accidents and examines the other components that play a role: components like speed (yes, shockingly speed impacts your likelihood to get into a car accident), alcohol, time, month,  age, and whether you are using a mobile device (that last one is a shocker I’m sure as well. Road death is also very expensive. The cost of a single road death in the U.K. economy is 1.79 million! No wonder the country is mired in debt.

Design: B+

Let’s toot this graphic’s horn a bit. A very strong graphic–very strong graphic indeed. The combination of images and charts are rock-solid. The only reason we haven’t awarded this graphic an A is because, frankly, we’ve seen so many high-end infographics, that we’ve become desensitized to them.

Content: A-

The content here within in fantastic. It is to the point and fascinating. Far too often graphic creators take interesting stats and present them in boring ways. The creator of this graphic really “gets it” from a content standpoint.

U.S. Hunger and Obesity Infographic

U.S. Hunger and Obesity Infographic

world hunger graphic

How are hunger, poverty, obesity, food insecurity and food stamps connected? That’s the question this complex infographic attempts to answer, and its creator leveraged data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDC, and the USDA to reach her conclusions.  Anne Mai Bertelsen, the creator of this graphic, is the leader of MAi Strategies and Principal at Causeshift.  She created this chart to send a strong message that America needs a Hunger Data Consortium.

Why?  Consider, argues Bertelsen, that our best data on U.S. hunger is over two years old.  And when you acknowledge that over 49 million Americans suffer from hunger (or  “food insecurity”), and over 17 million of those are children, you can understand why a consortium is needed.  Despite decades of government programs and outreach from private citizens, hunger has actually increased over the past 20 years, which is why President Obama called on every American to help in his quest to eradicate childhood hunger in America by the year 2015.

But that’s unlikely to happen at the current pace.  That’s because the data presently available is scattered, fragmented, and only available to professional researchers and policy makers, not the average Joe on the street.  How can we collectively solve the national hunger problem if the average U.S. citizen can’t even look at the (antiquated) data?

The above infographic doesn’t answer questions, and it’s not supposed to.  It simply can’t–not with data behind hunger missing and incomplete.  The graphic indicates that states with heightened levels of food insecurity also tend to have high rates of obesity.  It shows that 14 states have higher than the national average rate of both food insecurity and obesity.  Looking for a link between the two?  You won’t find it.  Not until a hunger consortium is brought about so that all interested parties can have access to data.   When they do, they’ll be able to perform a proper analysis, and as a nation, we’ll be closer to solving the national hunger and obesity crises.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B

Oval shaped designs draw you in, and the artist did an adequate job of that.  The graphic catches your attention and fills you with an urge to make sense of it all.

Content: B-

I regretfully have to assign a B- to the content portion of my grading for one simple reason: this graphic makes your brain hurt (and perhaps it’s supposed to.)  At first glance, you can’t make heads or tails of it, and no infographic should be byzantine.  The point of an infographic is to make things simpler.  In the artist’s fairness, this is a complicated issue with no clear-cut answers to the questions presented by the graphic.  So maybe it isn’t simple for a reason:  there’s no simple solution to the obesity and hunger crises.

Infograhic provided by: Anne Mai Bertelsen and Causeshift.com

How Whiskey is Distilled Infographic

How Whiskey is Distilled Infographic

While infographics are ancient (cave paintings) the more formal appreciation of them is more recent. Vehicles for media such as USA Today and many internet sites such as Infographics Showcase have moved infographics to the spotlight. But it is nice to see that the roots of graphics and information go back at least 60 years as can bee seen in this Whiskey Infographic. It shows all of the necessary steps from corn kernel to alcohol.

Information and graphic could be better partnered, but with so much information about a complicated procedure, you can see how the two pieces would have trouble working seamlessly. Also consider the times and the technology. The very fact that the text conforms t the shape of the graphic is impressive. All in all a great piece of work. Anyone would have little trouble understanding the basics of whiskey distillery after looking this over for a minute or two. Always the sign of a successful infographic.

Vintage infographic of Hiram Walker’s whiskey distillery from Forbes magazine circa 1942.

whiskey distillery infographic

A Video Infographic – The Conception of Wine

Moving pictures and the infographic have bonded together to create a wonderful visual and auditory experience in this infographic video about the Conception of Wine.

Watch the video and be suitably impressed. You have to wonder if this is the next logical step for the infographic as it moves from static printed images to dynamic moving images that tell a story through movement and time rather than in the far less interactive medium of print.

Or is this just a phase, a new fad, that will quickly pass? With the many video sites on the Internet and colleges teaching more interactive multimedia classes I think this is something will see less of as a trendy solution and more as a long-term solution. Long live the infographic video revolution!

Spring Break Statistics & Facts

Spring Break Statistics & Facts

Spring break in Ft. Lauderdale has gained legendary status and from the spring break infographic you can see why. If you want to kick up your usual debauchery several notches, then a trip to the east coast of Florida is the place to do it. Sex, alcohol and police altercations all rise substantially. Students overrun the town and it has gotten so bad that in 1985 the mayor at the time stated students were no longer welcome. Seems that hasn’t deterred many of our future leaders from continuing on their mission for self indulgence.


Don’t feel like sleeping around and getting drunk? There are lots of other things to do in Florida:

  • The Sunken Gardens has become a landmark in the Clearwater area, a favorite among both locals and tourists. After avid gardener and resident, George Turner filled seven acres with over 1,000 flowers and plant in 1935, he opened the area to the public. The entire garden is located 15 feet below the street level and also boasts intricate water features and is home to scores of butterflies.
  • The Treasure Island neighborhood offers both white sandy beaches and exciting nightlife attractions.
  • Explore nearly 245 acres of marshlands, forests and shoreline just south of the St. Petersburg city limits. Walking tours during both daytime and evening hours allow you to see native wildlife, such as the popular Florida alligator. The park also offers children’s activities and day camp experiences.
  • The Pier Aquarium is a splendid way to end an afternoon spent enjoying the beach, or rainy day alternative. Discover native marine creatures, vegetation and plants. Interactive exhibits may be designed to educate children, but are entertaining for adults as well. Sunday is the busiest day to visit the aquarium due to the reduced admission rates.
  • If you are in the mood for adventure, get a bird’s eye view of the Gulf Coast at Safari Choppers. The pilot whisks you over the Greater St. Petersburg area while sharing insight on both the history and attractions of the region.
  • Get off the beaten path and watch local surfers dance with the waves. The beach and adjacent picnic area are clean, serene and very popular with shell collectors.
  • Orlando Themepark Attractions can help you find tickets for these and other attractions and activities in Florida.

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