Get Real- Drinking and driving is serious. It’s a real problem in the United States, and chances are, if it hasn’t affected you personally, it’s affected someone you know. Here’s the truth: accidents and deaths caused by drunk driving are 100% preventable. That’s one hundred percent. Not convinced? Check out the stats:
- In 2010, 32,885 people lost their lives on America’s roadways in motor vehicle crashes.
- An average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes in 2010.
- In 2010, there were 10,228 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities and 1,228 were fatalities caused by a driver who was under the age of 21.
- Of the 10,228 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2010, 6,627 (65%) were drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher.
- Approximately 30% of all Americans will be in an accident involving alcohol at some point in their lifetime.
- In 2010, Nebraska had 190 fatalities and 51 (27%) of those were alcohol related accidents.
- In 2010, 41% of drivers in alcohol-involved driving fatalities had a .19 and higher BAC level.
- An average drunk driver has driven 80 times before their first arrest.
- Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimate $37 billion annually.
- According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, young drivers are also twice as likely to be in an alcohol related car accident than drivers over 21
- The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010 was four times higher at night than during the day.