The Dangers of Impaired Driving, Part One

Do you or someone you know drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol without stopping to think about what kind of danger is at stake? If not, consider the following facts and statistics from MADD.org. We hope they help you bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving for yourself or someone you love.

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  • 57% of fatally injured drivers had alcohol and/or other drugs in their system – 17% had both. (NHTSA, 2010)
  • Drunk driving costs each adult in the united states over $500 per year. MADD 5th Anniversary Report to the Nation, 2011. http://www.talklikemadd.org/books/statereport/#/4/
  • Drunk driving costs the united states $132 billion a year. MADD 5th Anniversary Report to the Nation, 2011. http://www.talklikemadd.org/books/statereport/#/4/
  • Every day in America, another 29 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2016: Alcohol-Impaired Driving.” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017. https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812450
  • Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2014, DOT HS 812 013. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812013.pdf.
  • In 2013, 28.7 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol – that’s more than the population of Texas. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHresultsPDFWHTML2013/Web/NSDUHresults2013.pdf
  • In 2014, 10.1 million people reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Illicit Drugs. 2014. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2688/ShortReport-2688.html
  • In 2016, 10,497 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 50 minutes – and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2016: Alcohol-Impaired Driving.” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017. https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812450
  • In 2016, 9 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the day were drunk, compared to 30 percent at night. In addition, almost twice as many alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred during the weekends compared to weekdays. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2016: Alcohol-Impaired Driving.” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017. https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812450
  • In fatal crashes in 2014, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (30 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (29 percent) and 35 to 44 (24 percent). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2014: Alcohol-Impaired Driving.” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016.
  • MADD compassionately serves a victim every 13 minutes. Internal MADD tracking data, 2015.
  • Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help. (Michigan State University. “Basic Alcohol Information.” East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2003.)
  • Over a quarter of 8th graders have tried alcohol. Miech, R. A., Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2015). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2014: Volume I, Secondary school students. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan, 599 pp.
  • The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour. (Michigan State University. “Basic Alcohol Information.” East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2003.)

Seeing these facts and statistics listed by MADD.org is a great way to bring awareness to those that continually drive impaired. Either by drinking or using drugs and then getting into a vehicle and driving away, it's important to know how dangerous and fatal it can be.

To learn more facts and statistics from MADD.org, be sure to visit back soon. Our next post will have more information you can share with your loved ones.

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