Drinking and driving is a dangerous, costly problem in the Unites States. According to The Center for Disease Control, 28 people will die in a drunk driving crash every day this year. In fact, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash every minute.
MADD provides the following information regarding drunk driving facts:
- Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $500 per year.
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before his or her first arrest.
- One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.
- 50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and one out of three of those is alcohol related
- Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
Fortunately, drunk-driving fatalities have decreased significantly since all 50 states adopted a drinking age of 21 in 1981. In fact, according to the US Department of Transportation, the number of drunk-driving related fatalities has fallen 49 percent since 1982; 10,000 fewer drunk-driving fatalities occurred in 2009 than in 1982.  Still, far too many preventable deaths and injuries occur each year as a result of drinking and driving. Drunk driving remains a serious cause for national concern.