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  • HOW EXTENSIVE IS THE PROBLEM OF PEOPLE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUGS?

    Thirty-two percent (31%) of all traffic fatalities in 2011 involved an alcohol-impaired driver with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.01 gram per deciliter (g/dL). The 9,878 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2011 represent a 2.5% reduction from the 10,136 alcohol-impaired fatalities in 2010. The U.S. is making progress toward reducing alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities.

    On average one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurs every 53 minutes. Of the 9,878 people who died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2011, 6,507 (66%) were killed in crashes where at least one driver had a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher and 6,753 (68%) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a BAC of .15 g/dL or higher.
  • HOW OFTEN IS ALCOHOL A FACTOR IN TRAFFIC FATALITIES INVOLVING 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 IS ALCOHOL A FACTOR IN TRAFFIC FATALITIES AMONG CHILDREN?

    In 2011, a total of 181 (16%) of the fatalities among children age 14 and younger occurred in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Of those 181 fatalities, one half (91) of those killed were passengers in vehicles with drivers who had a BAC over .08%.
  • WHICH OTHER SUBGROUPS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE INVOLVED IN FATAL ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES?

    Male drivers who die in motor vehicle crashes are almost twice as likely as female drivers to be legally drunk (BAC of 0.08 g/dL or greater). 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 MUCH DO ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES COST?

    Each year alcohol-related crashes cost the U.S. $132 billion annually in direct cost, loss of earnings and household productivity.

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