Did You Know?
In 2011 there were…
- 25,120 three-time DUI offenders
- 3,980 five-time DUI offenders
- 162 DUI fatalities
In the past five years there were…
- 805 DUI fatalities
Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
~ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2012.
Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.
~ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2010
One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.
~ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The Traffic Stop and You: Improving Communications between Citizens and Law Enforcement.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, March 2001, DOT HS 809 212.
Almost half of all drivers killed in crashes who tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their systems.
~ Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2011). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2011. Volume I: Secondary school students (NIH Publication No. 10-7584). Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 734 pp
Impairment is not determined by the type of drink, but rather by the amount of alcohol ingested over a specific time.
~ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Q&A: Alcohol: General.” Arlington, VA: National Highway Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, March 2012.
In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver.
~ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2010: Alcohol Impaired Driving” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2011.
Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.
~ (Taylor, et al 2002) Full cite: Taylor, Dexter; Miller, Ted; and Cox, Kenya. “Impaired Driving in the United States Cost Fact Sheets.” Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2002.
Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
~ Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States: 2010”
In 2011, drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes were four times more likely to have a prior conviction for DWI than were drivers with no alcohol in their system.
~ Dept of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts 2010: Alcohol-Impaired Driving. Washington (DC): NHTSA; 2012 [cited 2012 Sep 28]. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811606.PDF