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Deadly 2016: From Celebrity Deaths to DUIs

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It was a deadly 2016. From the litany of celebrities lost to deaths on the road from DUI, the past twelve calendar months leave a dark cloud of loss over the memory of 2016. “ Who died in 2016” is now a popular search term as the public digests all of the lives the year has taken.

From notables in government to greats in the entertainment industry and sports, 2016 buried people who defined generations. Janet Reno, Tom Hayden, Alan Thicke, Prince, John Glenn, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Florence Henderson, Leonard Cohen, Arnold Palmer, Jose Fernandez, W.P. Kinsella, Gene Wilder, Garry Marshall, Elie Weisel, Christina Grimmie, Gordie Howe, Muhammed Ali, Morley Safer, Doris Roberts, Will Smith, Patty Duke, Merle Haggard, Garry Shandling, Frank Sinatra Jr., First Lady Nancy Reagan, Harper Lee, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Glen Frey, and David Bowie are just a few of the accomplished individuals who passed away in 2016. [3]

On top of all of that, CBS News reports that 2016 may go down as the deadliest year on record for DUI as well. [1] The report cites this statistic from NHTSA, “ Every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash—that’s one person every 53 minutes.” [2] Despite campaigns to educate the public on the dangers and consequences of drunk driving, the rates of DUIs are going up according to this CBS report.

Deadly 2016

NHTSA administrator, Dr. Mark R. Rosekind says in an interview with Kris Van Cleave, “We’re seeing these increases that we have not seen in fifty years. It’s tragic.”


SOURCES
1. Kris Van Cleave. December 26, 2016. CBS News. “M2016 feared as deadliest year for drunk driving.” Retrieved via http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/2016-feared-as-deadliest-year-for-drunk-driving/ .
2. NHTSA. Retrieved on December 27, 2016 via https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving .

3. CNN. Retrieved on December 27, 2016 via http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/05/world/gallery/people-we-lost-2016/index.html .

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