Unfortunately, drunk driving is an altogether far too common occurrence in the U.S. Drunk driving has some serious and often tragic consequences. Drunk driving kills. The drunk driving statistics shown related fatalities are staggering and sobering.
DRUNK DRIVING DEATHS
In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the U.S. This amounts to one person killed every forty-eight (48) minutes by a drunk driver. Almost one-third of all traffic related fatalities in 2009 were drunk driving related deaths.
WHO WAS KILLED BY THE DRUNK DRIVER?
Of those killed in 2009, 67% were actually the drunk driver. 16% were a passenger with the drunk driver. 10% were occupants in other vehicles and 6% were persons who were not in a vehicle.
DRUNK DRIVING STATISTICS AND CHILDREN
Tragically, drunk driving affects the most innocent of persons – children. In 2009, 181 children age 14 and younger were victims in drunk driving collisions. Of those children, 51% were occupants in a vehicle with the drunk driver and 15% were not in a vehicle at all.
DRUNK DRIVING STATISTICS AND AGE
People between the ages of 21-34 represent the highest percentage of drunk drivers involved in fatal collisions. They account for over two-thirds of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes.
DRUNK DRIVING AND HIGH BLOOD ALCOHOL
Of the fatal crashes involving drunk drivers in 2009, 56% had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or greater, almost twice the legal limit in all fifty states.
DRUNK DRIVING FATALITIES AND REPEAT OFFENDERS
Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2009 were eight times (8x) more likely to have a prior conviction for DUI, DWI or other drunk driving equivalent.
The consequences of drunk driving go far beyond jail time, fines and license suspensions. Drunk driving can kill and seriously injure you and other people. People who drink and drive and then kill someone will almost certainly face felony manslaughter charges. In some cases, they will face murder charges and can face life sentences.