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Alcohol-Impaired Driving Facts

  • The estimated economic cost of all motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States in 2010 (the most recent year for which cost data is available) was $277 billion, of which $49.8 billion resulted from alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.  Blincoe, L. J., Miller, T. R., Zaloshnja, E., & Lawrence, B. A. (2014, May). The economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes, 2010. (DOT HS 812 013). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information, click here.
  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes; an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes. (NHTSA 2014)
  • From 2012 to 2013, fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes decreased by 2.5 percent (10,336 to 10,076 fatalities). (NHTSA 2014)
  • Young men ages 21-34 made up only 11% of the US adult population in 2010, yet were involved in 32% of all instances of drinking and driving.  (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2013)

Drug-Impaired Driving Facts

  • In 2012, 10.3 million persons or 3.9 percent of the population aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs  during the past year. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.
  • Across age groups, the rate of driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2012 was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25. (NSDUH 2013)
  • One study showed that drivers tested positive for THC did not think they had taken anything that affected their driving. Lacey, J.H., Kelley-Baker, T., Romano, E., Brainard, K., Ramirez, A. (2012). Results of the 2012 California Roadside Survey of Nighttime Weekend Drivers’ Alcohol and Drug Use. Calverton, MD: Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation. For more information, click here.