Drunk driving or driving under influence is a really dangerous and irresponsible act that people perform. After-party high spirit and good mood can turn into a tragedy for you, your family, for other people and their families because drivers with high blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) are at a great risk of car accidents, roadway injuries and vehicular deaths.
DUI is a traffic offense and violation of the traffic law. If you are caught committing such an offense you will face really severe penalties. You can pay a monetary fine or you can be imprisoned. The penalties depend on the complexity of your offense.
However, the penalties do not bring such a grief as the accidents that occur because of driving under influence. According to www.madd.org, every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash (9,878 people in total in 2011). Every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of this crime.
Edgar Snyder & Associates, a law firm representing injured people, has collected the following statistics:
United States Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics (2009)
Three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.
Of fatal accidents in 2009, 32 percent involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
In 2009, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico made it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the 10,839 people who died in an alcohol-related crash, 7,281 (67 percent) had drivers with BACs above the legal limit.
For fatal crashes occuring from midnight to 3 a.m., 66 percent involved alcohol-impaired driving.
On New Year’s Day, 468 people were killed in car accidents. Alcohol-impaired driving contributed to 40 percent of them.
Fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers occurred four times more at night than during the day (37 percent vs 9 percent)
Of the drivers involved in fatal crashes, 30 percent of males had a BAC of .01+ and 25 percent had a BAC of .08+; 16 percent of women had a BAC of .01+ and 14 percent had a BAC of .08+.
Of people ages 21 to 24 involved in fatal crashes, 35 percent had a BAC above the legal limit.
- In 2009, 14 percent of children ages 14 and younger killed in crashes died because of alcohol.
- More than 181 children were killed due to drivers who were drunk.
Drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while under the influence.
The most frequently recorded BAC level among drinking drivers in fatal crashes was .17, which is more than twice limit.
Alcohol Alert has tabulated the following statistics about alcohol-related deaths in the US since 1982 till 2011:
The percentage of alcohol-related fatalities since 1982 (60%) has significantly decreased but in 2011 (38%) it is 7% higher than in 2010 (31%).
However, almost all drunk driving accidents are preventable and the number of deaths can be reduced to zero. Seeing these stats we may remain a little bit indifferent about the problem because we see just simple numbers and sometimes forget that every single number represents a human being, the one who was seriously injured or lost his life because of such an irresponsible act.