Beware, drunk driving causes death!

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, 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.

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