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US Drink Drive Statistics

  • In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Of the 1,233 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2016, 214 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Of the 214 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2012, 54% were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
  • The 25- to 34-year-old age group had the highest percentage (27%) of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes compared to other age groups in 2016.
  • The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes in 2016 was highest for fatalities involving motorcycle riders (25%), compared to passenger cars (21%), light trucks (20%), and large trucks (2%).
  • The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 was 3.3 times higher when the fatal crashes occurred at night than during the day.
  • In 2016 among the 10,497 alcoholimpaired- driving fatalities, 67 percent (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15 g/dL or higher.

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