America is home to many people who choose to drink and drive despite the risks. To help your family and friends understand why drunk driving is so hazardous and why they should avoid it at all costs, it may be helpful to go over some relatively shocking statistics about drunk driving behaviors.
This is a collection of 10 drunk driving facts that you should know. These show just how dangerous this act really is.
- Drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .1% or greater are seven times more likely to die in drunk driving crashes
- 29 people die each day because of drunk driving
- Around 2,000 college-aged students pass away annually because of car crashes and alcohol-related injuries
- Drivers under 21 are at risk. In 2019, 1,323 drivers under 21 were killed in alcohol-related crashes
- Drunk drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are around three times more likely to die in crashes at night
- It’s more common to see drunk driving fatalities in urban areas
- 1 out of 10 teens admit to drinking and driving
- Around 1,000 children die as a result of drunk driving accidents annually
- Drunk driving is declining. The total number of fatalities has falling by around 44% since 1985
- Teen drivers impaired by alcohol make up around 17% of all fatalities in alcohol-related collisions
These statistics may seem shocking to you, especially considering the significant number of deaths that occur annually as a result of drunk driving. Many of these statistics don’t go into injury-only collisions, which total in the thousands as well.
What should you do to prevent drunk driving collisions?
While you can’t control other people, you can control your own behaviors and talk to the people you care for about the risk of drunk driving. It’s helpful to avoid drinking and driving yourself. If you are driving and are sober, you’ll be less likely to get into a crash and more likely to see dangerous drivers before they have an opportunity to collide with you. Be vigilant and pay close attention to the road to minimize your risk.