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Drunk Driving Facts: The Costs Of Drinking And Driving

Drunk Driving Facts

These drunk driving facts should be scary enough to stop anyone from ever drinking and driving. But unfortunately, people will still continue to drink and drive even as DUI laws have become harsher than ever. Whether you’re a student looking for drunk driving information, a concerned friend, parent, or family member, or are simply curious about the dangers of dunk driving, this information should be helpful.

Who are drunk drivers?

  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before first arrest1.
  • Motorcycle riders are nearly twice as likely to be driving while drunk than passenger car drivers1.
  • The highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who have BAC levels of .08 or higher is for drivers ages 21 to 241.
  • Drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes are eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than are drivers with no alcohol3.
  • In 2008, 7,378 (57%) of the drivers involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking had a BAC of .15 or greater3.

What damage does drunk driving cause?

  • In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes1.
  • One in 3 people will be involved in an alcohol related crash in their lifetime2.
  • This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk driving crashes – one every 50 minutes2.
  • In 2008, alcohol impaired driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States3.
  • Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year2.

When does drunk driving usually occur?

  • Drinking and driving is more prevalent during late overnight hours (1am to 3am). At that time, approximately 4.8% of all drivers are over the legal alcohol limit. That’s compared to just 0.2% during the 9:30am to 11:30am morning hours1.
  • Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash2.
  • The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day – 36% versus 9%1.

Latest Trends

  • The latest drunk driving facts show the number of drunk drivers in the United States has decreased an estimate 71% since 1970.1.
  • The federal blood alcohol level regulation is currently set to .08 BAC but many states are considering a .05 BAC, especially for repeat offenders..

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