Alcohol & Drunk Driving
In 1998, the percent of traffic fatalities that were alcohol-related hit a record low of 38.4%.
54% of fatal crashes on weekends involve alcohol while 32% of fatal crashes on weekdays involve alcohol.(NHTSA, 1995)
Approximately, 19% of drivers involved in fatal crashes in 1995 were intoxicated. (NHTSA, 1996)
Males involved in fatal crashes were 2x as likely to be intoxicated than females (21.8% vs 11.2%). (NHTSA, 1996)
72% of the drivers over 25 years old in single-vehicle fatal crashes were intoxicated. (NHTSA, 1995)
While the rates of drunk driving accidents is still very high, tremendous progress has been made in recent years to combat the problem. Efforts by MADD and other organizations have promoted awareness of the problem and have led efforts to change public policy including the recent shift in many states to a .08% limit for alcohol
Alcohol is linked to an alarming number of traffic fatalities. In addition to being a personal risk, drunk driving is also a risk for millions of innocent and safe drivers. It is estimated that over 4 million people each year are injured or have had their cars damaged from drunk drivers. Partly in response to the social injustic, organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving have led efforts to combat drunk driving. The statistics for this page were found on their very informative web page (www.madd.org)