following statistics will help you understand the enormous impact impaired
driving has on society.
Source: US Department of
Transportation's Fatal Accident Reporting System and the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration's National Center for Statistical Analysis.
In 1995, 17,274 people died in alcohol-related
Approximately one million people are injured
in alcohol-related traffic crashes annually.
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.
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.