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Drunk Drivers FAQ

How extensive is the problem of people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs?

Thirty-one percent (31%) of all traffic fatalities in 2011 were due to alcohol-impaired driving -- meaning the operator of any motor vehicle, including a motorcycle, had a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 gram per deciliter (g/dL). There were 9,878 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2011 representing an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality every 53 minutes. 226 of these fatalities were in Louisiana.

Over 1.21 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics (FBI's Uniform Crime Report, 2011). This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 173 licensed drivers in the United States (based on 2010 figures).

In fatal crashes in 2011, 29 percent of motorcycle riders had a BAC level of .08 g/dL or higher, as compared with 24 percent for drivers of passenger cars, 21 percent for light-truck drivers, and 1 percent for drivers of large trucks.

How often does driving intoxicated involve young people?

In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drivers with BAC levels .08 g/dL or higher was for drivers ages 21-24 (32%), followed by ages 25-34 (30%) and 35-44 (24%).

How often are drivers with prior convictions for DWI involved in fatal crashes?

Drivers with a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher involved in fatal crashes were seven times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired (DWI) than were drivers with no alcohol (7% and 1%, respectively).

How often does alcohol factor in to speed-related fatalities?

Alcohol involvement was prevalent for drivers who were speeding in fatal crashes in 2011. Forty-two percent of the drivers who were speeding in fatal crashes in 2011 had BAC levels of .08 g/dL or higher, compared with only 16 percent for drivers who were not speeding.

How often is alcohol a factor in traffic fatalities among children?

In 2011, a total of 1,140 children age 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those 1,140 fatalities, 181 (16%) occurred in alcohol- impaired driving crashes. Out of those 181 deaths, 91 (50%) were occupants of a vehicle with a driver who had a BAC level of .08 g/dL or higher. Another 25 children were pedestrians or pedal-cyclists who were struck by drivers with a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher.

How much do alcohol-related crashes cost?

Each year alcohol-related crashes cost the U.S. $51 billion annually in direct cost, loss of earnings and household productivity.

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