Driving under the influence of alcohol is an extremely risky and dangerous activity to partake in. Alcohol affects the central nervous system and impairs driving ability, slowing reaction times and concentration while affecting a drivers ability to monitor his/her speed.
We compiled 10 statistics from MADD which truly shows just how dangerous drunk driving can be. Additionally, the 10 drunk statistics provide insight to help drivers make the right decision when getting behind the wheel.
- In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (32 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30 percent) and 35 to 44 (24 percent).
- A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which contain the same amount of alcohol.
- In 2011, 226 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Of those, 122 (54% percent) were riding with the drunk driver.
- n 2011, 15 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk, compared to 31 percent on weekends.
- Adults drank too much and drive about 112 million times per year – almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving a day.
- Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
- If all 17 million people who admitted to driving drunk had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the U.S.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter involve an underage drinking driver.
- On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
We want to thank Mothers Against Driving for releasing these statistics to the public. Amazingly, In the United States, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980. Information for this article was also obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.