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Drunk Driving Facts

Despite a recent reduction in fatalities, drinking and driving remains a problem of national concern.

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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. [1]In fact, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash every minute.[2]

MADD provides the following information regarding drunk driving facts[3]:

  • 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. [4]  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.