Adults reported drinking and driving about 112 million times in 2010. 85% of drinking and driving episodes were reported by binge drinkers. Four in 5 people who drink and drive are men.
US adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010. Though episodes of driving after drinking too much (“drinking and driving”) have gone down by 30% during the past 5 years, it remains a serious problem in the US. Alcohol-impaired drivers* are involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths in 2009. Driving drunk is never OK. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same. These drivers had blood alcohol concentrations of at least 0.08%. This is the illegal blood alcohol concentration level for adult drivers in the United States.
Latest FindingsPeople who drink and drive put everyone on the road in danger Certain groups are more likely to drink and drive than others.
Men were responsible for 4 in 5 episodes (81%) of drinking and driving in 2010. · Young men ages 21-34 made up only 11% of the U.S. adult population in 2010, yet were responsible for 32% of all instances of drinking and driving.· 85% of drinking and driving episodes were reported by people who also reported binge drinking. Binge drinking means 5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women during a short period of time.
Your best defense against a drunk driver is to buckle up every time.
Every person in every seat should be buckled up on every trip. Seat belts reduce serious injuries and deaths from crashes by about 50%. · Primary enforcement seat belt laws allow police to stop vehicles just because someone is not wearing a seat belt. These state laws are effective in increasing seat belt use.
There are proven ways to prevent people from drinking and driving.
At sobriety checkpoints, police stop drivers to judge if they are driving under the influence of alcohol. More widespread, frequent use of these checkpoints could save about 1,500 to 3,000 lives on the road each year. · Minimum legal drinking age laws prohibit selling alcohol to people under age 21 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Keeping and enforcing 21 as the minimum legal drinking age helps keep young, inexperienced drivers from drinking and driving. · Ignition interlocks prevent drivers who were convicted of alcohol-impaired driving from operating their vehicles if they have been drinking. Interlocks are effective in reducing re-arrest rates from drinking and driving by about two-thirds while the device is on the vehicle. SOURCE:CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, US 2010
Who’s At Risk?Drinking and driving episodes by gender and age, 2010
Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same. o Before drinking, designate a nondrinking driver when with a group. o If out drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.o Don’t let friends drink and drive.· Choose not to binge drink themselves and help others not to do it.· Talk with a doctor or nurse about drinking and driving and request counseling if drinking is causing health, work, or social problems.· Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip. Encourage passengers in the car to buckle up, including those in the back seat.