There are many DUI statistics and myths out there. Often, it’s difficult to distinguish the difference between which are based in factual research or are baseless hyperbole. We run down the most important and most searched DUI statistics.
DUI STATISTICS #1
According to the Center for Disease Control, the average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest.
DUI STATISTICS #2
In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that a person dies every 50 minutes from an alcohol related accident.
DUI STATISTICS #3
In 2002, NHTSA determined that a person is injured as a direct result of an alcohol related accident every 60 seconds.
DUI STATISTICS #4
In 2009, NHTSA found that car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens. One in three car crashes are caused by an alcohol impaired driver.
DUI STATISTICS #5
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 50-75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
DUI STATISTICS #6
According to NHTSA, for drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who were killed in a car crash, one-third of those drivers had been drinking. Of those that had been drinking, 28% who were killed had a BAC of .08 or higher.
DUI STATISTICS #7
NHTSA reported that in 2010 (most recent figures available) 32,885 died in traffic accidents. 10,228 deaths included in that figure were alcohol related.
DUI STATISTICS #8
In nearly three quarters of all alcohol related accidents, drunk drivers were not wearing their seat belts according to NHTSA.
DUI STATISTICS #9
According to NHTSA, beer is the most common alcoholic beverage consumed in both DUI arrests and fatal DUI accidents. Beer is also linked to the highest number of instances of binge drinking and underage drinking.
DUI STATISTICS #10
According to NHTSA, Wyoming has the highest number of alcohoI-related fatalities per capita, with just over 13 drunk-driving fatalities for every 100,000 people occurring each year. New York has the lowest number of alcohol-related fatalities per capita, with only 2.06 per 100,000 residents.