In the final days of 2015, transportation safety regulators are urging drivers to make safe choices, reminding them to not get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. This national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over anti-drunk driving campaign is part of an annual holiday tradition for regulators, as each year more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. support this crackdown.
And this is because the month of December – especially during the last week that includes Christmas and New Year’s Eve – is notorious for impaired driving crashes.
In fact, regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have pointed out that just over 8 percent of all fatal impaired driving collisions that occur each year in the U.S. take place during the month of December.
Elaborating on this campaign, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has explained that:
We hope the millions of Americans who will be on the road over the holidays will make the safe choice not to drink and drive… Across the country, local law enforcement officers will be on the roads, protecting all of us from the risk of drunk driving.
Impaired Driving Crashes: A Look at Some of the Latest Statistics & Data
While we have explained some of the general dangers associated with drinking and driving (here), taking a look at some of the latest statistics from the NHTSA, presented below, can underscore just how common – and deadly – impaired driving is in the U.S.:
- In 2014, drunk driving crashes killed at least 9,960 people in the U.S. This constituted about 30 percent of all traffic-related deaths that occurred in the U.S. last year.
- While this marked a 1.1 percent drop in drunk driving-related fatalities (when compared to the data from 2013), it still represented about one drunk driving death every 57 minutes (or so) in the U.S.
- In all of the fatal drunk driving crashes that occurred last year, nearly 70 percent involved at least one driver with a BAC of at least 0.15. Note that, at BACs of 0.08, the risk of a crash is four times greater than it is for sober drivers. At BACs of 0.15, this crash risk exponentially increases, generally quadrupling.
- Fatal drunk driving crashes are about four times more likely to occur at nighttime.
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