- There is no shortage of drunk driving statistics and facts out there, its hard to know where to start talking about them. Here are just a few of the most interesting facts about driving under the influence and its effects.
In 2009, in all alcohol related accidents, 70% of drivers has a BAC of .15% or higher! That is nearly DOUBLE the legal limit.
Drivers with a BAC of .15% or more are 380 times MORE LIKELY to be in an accident.
Every half hour someone is killed in the United States due to a drunk driver.
Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all traffic accidents.
Every other minute a person is seriously injured because of an alcohol related accident.
Approximately 30% of all Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident during their lifetime.
New Years Eve has the 2nd highest amount of drunk drivers on the road. Thanksgiving has the most drunk drivers.
The annual cost of alcohol related accidents is more then $132 billion.
1,210 Children age 0-4 were killed in traffic accident in 2010. 17% of those involved an impaired driver. 50% of those kids were riding in the car with the drunk driver.
Of the 112 million self reported cases of drunk driving (300,000 a day), only 1% (1.4 million) were arrested.
50-75% of all convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
Nearly 75% of all drunk driving fatalities happen between 12 and 3 AM – NHTSA
In 2009, 11% of all drivers involved in fatal alcohol related crashes were age 15-20.
10,228 People were killed in alcohol related accidents in 2010.
In 2011, MADD served more than 63,000 victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), men between the ages of 21 and 24 have the highest rate of drunk driving arrests.