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Drinking and Driving

Impaired Driving Facts
The following statistics will help you understand the enormous impact impaired driving has on society.
 

  • In 1995, 17,274 people died in alcohol-related crashes. 

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  • Approximately one million people are injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes annually. 

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  • Alcohol involvement is the single greatest factor in motor vehicle deaths and injuries. Only 4% of all crashes involve the use of alcohol, but 41% of fatal crashes do. 

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  • Anti-impaired driving efforts work. From 1986 to 1995, alcohol-related fatalities dropped 28%. This drop is generally attributed to stronger laws, tougher enforcement, and good consumer education. 
Source: US Department of Transportation's Fatal Accident Reporting System and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Center for Statistical Analysis.