U.S. Drunk Driving Statistics and Facts

 

Below, you'll find several statistics and facts, according to MADD.org, in honor of the upcoming campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over".

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  • 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
  • A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which contain the same amount of alcohol.
  • About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest.
  • Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 per year.
  • Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion a year.
  • Drunk driving involvement in fatal crashes in 2011 was 4.5 times higher at night than during the day (36 versus 8 percent).
  • Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • Impairment is not determined by the type of drink, but rather by the amount of alcohol drunk over time.
  • In 2011, 15 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk, compared to 31 percent on weekends.
  • In 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol - that’s more than the population of Texas.
  • In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 52 minutes - and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.
  • In 2013, a total of 1,149 children 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those 1,149 fatalities, 200 (17%) occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Out of those 200 deaths, 121 (61%) were occupants of vehicles with drivers who had BACs of .08 or higher, and another 29 children (15%) were pedestrians or pedalcyclists struck by drivers with BACs of .08 or higher.
  • In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (32 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30 percent) and 35 to 44 (24 percent).
  • In the United States, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.
  • Males were more likely than females (15.1 vs. 7.9 percent) to drive drunk.
  • On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
  • Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help.
  • Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
  • The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour.
  • The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent).

We hope these facts and statistics help you realize how dangerous drinking and driving is. It's a serious problem in the U.S that should be stopped. For more information about drinking and driving, as well as, BAC effects and facts, visit back with us during our next blog post.

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