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Alcohol and Other Drugs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collected the following information for 2006:

  • there were 17,602 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes
  • this represents an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 30 minutes
  • estimated that alcohol was involved in 41 percent of fatal crashes
  • estimated that alcohol was involved in 9 percent of all crashes in 2006
  • over 1.46 million drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics
  • this is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States.

Did you get that?

  • Every 30 minutes someone in the United States dies in an alcohol related crash!
  • Alcohol was involved in almost half of all fatal crashes!
  • Out of every 139 licensed drivers, 1 will be arrested for drunk driving!
Young drivers are at even greater risk than older drivers. “The highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who had BAC levels .08 g/dL or higher was for drivers 21 to 24 years old,” according to NHTSA.