Driving While Intoxicated ~ Impaired Driving

Driving While Intoxicated

  • In 2007, an estimated 17,602 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes—an average of one every 30 minutes.
  • These deaths constitute 41 percent of the 42,642 total traffic fatalities.
  • Of these, an estimated 13,470 involved a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater).
  • Approximately 1.8 million drivers were arrested in 2007 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
  • This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States
  • Alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost the public an estimated $114.3 billion in 2000, including $51.1 billion in monetary costs and an estimated $63.2 billion in quality of life losses.
  • People other than the drinking driver paid $71.6 billion of the alcohol-related crash bill, which is 63 percent of the total cost of these crashes*
  • Teenage drunk driving is responsible for about one in every four motor vehicle accidents.*
  • One teen is killed in the United States every 60 minutes because of teen drunk driving.*
  • In 2005, approximately 3,467 teens were killed and 281,000 more suffered injuries due to driving under the influence.*
  • Between 1995 and 2005, the number of teen fatalities increased 4%.
  • Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and nonfatally injure someone every two minutes