Drunk Driving Statistics

by Travis Headley on 07/16/2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report earlier this year concerning impaired driving and crash statistics from 2011.  Noteworthy items in the NHTSA report included: 

  • Traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes fell 2.5% from 2010  (10,136) to 2011 (9,878).
  • The 21-24 year old age group has the highest percentage of fatal accidents (32%).
  • Intoxicated drivers in fatal accidents were seven times more likely to have a previous DWI than were drivers with no alcohol in their systems at the time of their fatal accidents.
  • While a 0.08 blood alcohol level is the legal limit for intoxication, drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents had, on average, a blood alcohol level of 0.15.

What do these drunk driving statistics mean for you?

While the number of alcohol related accidents and fatalities is going down, thousands of people per year continue to be killed by drunk drivers.  Do not let yourself be one of them.  Make sure that when you go out for a night on the town that you have a designated driver or a cab company phone number on hand.  If you are concerned about how you will get home after a night of drinking, stay home.

Talk to your children (especially college-aged children) about responsible drinking.  The 21-24 year old age group represents the highest percentage of drunk driving accidents and fatalities.  Make them aware of the risks of driving drunk.

As you drive home, particularly at night, watch for intoxicated drivers.  If you see a car driving erratically, call 911.  Drive defensively. Be alert.

Even as the numbers of accidents and fatalities decreases overall, we are all still at risk for dangers while driving or riding in a motor vehicle.  If a drunk driver has injured you or someone you love, contact the lawyers at Watts Guerra LLP.

Tags: Automobile Accidents, Drunk Driving

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