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Facts of Impaired Driving
Facts and Statistics
According to the United States Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Center for Statistical Analysis:
  • Fatal crashes cost society $150 billion every year.
  • Approximately one million people are injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes annually.
  • Alcohol involvement is the single greatest factor in motor vehicle deaths and injuries. While about 5 percent of all crashes involve the use of alcohol, 38 percent of fatal crashes do.
  • Anti-impaired driving efforts work.
  • Many states now are lowering the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) defining impaired driving from .10 percent to .08 percent.
    • A BAC as low as .02 percent has been shown to affect driving ability and crash probability.
    • The probability of a crash increases significantly at a BAC of .05 percent and even more rapidly at .08 percent.
  • Among drivers with BACs above .15 percent on weekend nights, the probability of death in a single-vehicle crash is more than 380 times higher than it is for nondrinking drivers.

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