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Tragic Facts about Drunk Driving

  • It takes approximately six hours after drinking for the body to completely eliminate alcohol from its system with a BAC level of .08 g/dL.[10]
  • A driver with a BAC of .08 g/dL is 11 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than a driver who has consumed no alcohol.[10]
  • Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3am involve alcohol. Additionally, there are spikes in DUIs at 7:00 p.m. and 3:00pm, which are the end of happy hour and lunch time, respectively.[
  • Nearly 75% of drunk drivers involved in fatal collisions are not wearing their safety belts.[4]
  • Drugs other than alcohol (such as marijuana and cocaine) are involved in approximately 18% of fatal motor vehicle collisions and have most often been used in combination with alcohol.[2]
  • Consuming just 3-4 beers for 170-pound male is enough to make him too drunk to drive. For a woman of average size, it may just take 1 to 3.[10]
  • While over 80% of American drivers have heard of the term BAC (blood alcohol content), only 27% of drivers can correctly identify the legal BAC limit for their state.
  • The country with the highest rate of drunk driving deaths is South Africa. Nearly 6 out of every 10 fatalities (58 percent) on South Africa's roads are due to alcohol. By comparison, in the United States, 31 percent of all road deaths are linked to alcohol.[15]
  • Approximately, 50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.[8]
  • Drunk driving deaths and damages cost about $52 billion per year in the United States.[7]
  • On average, two out of three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.[8]
    • Drunk driving is most frequently committed on the weekends.[13]
    • In 2013, 28.7 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol. This is more than the entire population of Texas.[8]
    • In the United States, drunk driving deaths have been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.[8]
    • An average drunk driver has driven drunk over 80 times before their first arrest.[8]
    • In the United States each day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times, but only about 3,200 are arrested.[8]
    • Nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States are due to drunk driving.[2]