There are a lot of drunk driving facts and myths out there. Often, it’s difficult to distinguish the difference. Let us run down the most important and most searched drunk driving facts.
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #1
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.
Nearly 75% of all drunk driving fatalities occur between 12 and 3 a.m. – NHTSA.
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #3
In 2009, in all incidents where a drunk driving fatality occurred, 70% of the drivers had a BAC level in excess of .15% – NHTSA
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #4
Compared with drivers who have not consumed alcohol, drunk drivers with a BAC of .15 or above are 380 times more likely to be involved in drunk driving fatality than a sober driver. – The Century Council
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #5
While national underage drunk driving fatalities have declined 52% from 1991-2009, the problem still persists. Between 2000 and 2009, the average number of drunk driving related deaths still hovers around 2000 a year. – The Century Council
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #6
In 2009, 11% of all drivers involved in fatal drunk driving crashes were drivers 15- to 20- years old. – NHTSA
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #7
30 years ago, women accounted for only 9% of those arrested for drunk driving. Between 1997-2007, women made up 29% of drunk driving arrests. – The Century Council
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #8
NHTSA reports that in 2010 (most recent figures available) that 32,885 died in traffic accidents. 10,228 deaths included in that figure are drunk driving related.
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #9
Drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, are involved in approximately 18% of fatal DUI related accidents. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
DRUNK DRIVING FACT #10
ALL 50 states and the District of Columbia have what is called “Zero Tolerance” Laws, which makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drive with a BAC of .02 or higher.