The Toll of Drunk & Drugged Driving

posted Apr 16, 2011, 8:14 AM by Ronnie V
Wrapping up National Crime Victims Rights Week with some drunk/drugged driving statistics and info.

--In 2008, there were 11,773 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities (32 percent of all traffic fatalities) involving a driver with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater, a decline of nearly 10 percent from

--In 2008, approximately 1.5 million people were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in the United States.

--In 2006, an estimated 278,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes where police reported that alcohol was present, a 9 percent increase over 2005.

--In 2008, 57 percent of alcohol-impaired drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of .15 or greater, nearly twice the legal limit (.16) in all states and the District of Columbia.

--In 2008, 16 percent of children 14 and younger who were killed in crashes were killed in alcohol-related crashes. Forty-six percent of these were occupants of a vehicle with a driver who had a BAC level of .08 or higher.

--In 2009, 10.5 million persons ages 12 or older (approximately 4 percent of this age group) reported driving under the influence of an illicit drug in the past year. Among young adults ages 18 to 25, the rate was nearly 13 percent.

--In 2009, 30.2 million persons ages 12 or older, or 12 percent, reported driving under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. This percentage has dropped slightly since 2002, when the rate was approximately 14 percent.

--Driving under the influence of alcohol was associated with age, with the rate increasing from around 6 percent for 16- and 17-year-olds to a peak of approximately 25 percent for 21- to 25-year-olds, then steadily declining for older ages to a low of 3.3 percent for persons ages 65 and higher.

--In 2008, an estimated 16,000 juvenile arrests were made for driving under the influence, a 14 percent decrease from 2007.

--For 2004–2006, on average, more than 13 percent of high school seniors each year admitted to driving under the influence of marijuana in the two weeks prior to the survey.

--In 2009, there were 308 boating accidents and 120 deaths in which alcohol was a contributing factor. Alcohol use was one of the leading factors contributing to boating deaths. 

--Operating a boat with a BAC level greater than .10 increases the risk of death during a boating accident more than 10 times compared to a BAC of zero.

--During the Christmas and New Year holiday time, about 40 percent of all traffic fatalities occur in crashes where at least one of the drivers has a BAC level of .08 or more. During the remainder of December, the figure is 28 percent.

--In 2009 survey, 28.3 percent of high school students said that within the past 30 days, they had ridden in a vehicle with a driver who had been drinking. In the same survey, nearly 10 percent of high school students reported that they had driven a vehicle when they had been drinking.

--From 2001 to 2005, 11.7 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native deaths were alcohol-related, approximately twice that of the U.S. general population.

--In 2000, each fatal alcohol-related crash cost $1.1 million. The total cost of all alcohol-related fatal crashes was $40 billion.