Whether you want to admit it or not, drinking while driving affects every person on a daily basis. It could be you doing the drinking and driving, or it could be someone out on the roads that is drunk driving and they could cause a deadly accident. While drinking and driving fatalities have gone down over the past few years, that does not mean that drinking while driving is still not a huge issue in our society. We take a look at that issue and give you some pretty astounding numbers, as we take a look at drinking while driving facts that might surprise you.
Drinking and driving is an issue no one should take lightly and these drunk driving facts show us why:
- Every day, 29 people are killed in the United States from alcohol-related vehicle crashes.
- In 2016, 10,497 deaths from alcohol impaired crashes.
- It is illegal to drive in any of the 50 states with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. However, in 2014, 1,764 people were killed from alcohol-related crashes with a BAC under 0.08.
- One person is killed every 50 minutes in the United States due to drinking while driving accidents.
- Every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving accident.
- About one-third of all traffic crash deaths in the United States involve drunk drivers (drivers with a BAC of 0.08 or higher).
- Drinking while driving is still the #1 cause of death on our roadways.
- Of the drivers arrested or convicted of drinking while driving, one-third of them are repeat offenders.
- On average, drinking and driving costs an American $800 per year.
- In 2013, drivers with BAC levels of 0.08 or higher that were involved in fatal crashes, one out of every three were between 21 and 24 years of age (33%). The next two largest groups were ages 25 to 34 (29%) and 35 to 44 (24%).
- On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before getting caught.
Teen Drinking While Driving Facts
- Each year, there are 4,300 teens killed because of teen alcohol use. This is more than all other drugs combined.
- For kids that start drinking before the age of 15, they are six times more likely to develop an alcohol dependence or abuse later in life.
- For teenagers, car crashes are the #1 leading cause of death.
- Of those car crashes, 1 in 4 involved an underage drunk driver.
- Underage drinkers are also more reckless and less likely to wear seatbelts — 74 percent of the young DUI drivers involved in fatal accidents were unrestrained at the point of impact.
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