Drinking and driving has long been a problem in the United States, and it is an especially serious concern for younger adults and teenagers. People who do not take the issue seriously may be quite surprised by the statistics. Below are numbers and facts provided by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and have been updated to include some of the most recent numbers available. You may be surprised to learn some of this information, but hopefully, it will open the eyes of many people who do not take the concern very seriously.
• Anywhere between 50 and 75% of people who have been convicted of a DUI continue to drive even though their license has been suspended.
• The average drunk driver who is convicted of a DUI has driven drunk around 80 times before they are caught and arrested the very first time.
• 23.4 percent of the drunk drivers who are caught are between the ages of 21 and 25.
• About 28 people die from drunk driving collisions every single day in the United States. That means almost everyone knows someone who has died from a drunk driving accident.
• About every two minutes in the United States, someone is injured as a result of a drunk driver.
• The averages state that two out of every three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in one way or another (driver, passenger, in another vehicle).
• In one year, more than 29 million people admitted that they have driven drunk.
• In one year, about 10,000 people or more will be killed in drunk driving accidents. If you average that out, it is more than one per hour.
• 36% of drunk driving fatal accidents occur at night.
• 31% of drunk driving crashes that result in a fatality occur on the weekend.
• Over 200 children are killed in a year due to drunk driving accidents.
• On average, a person can metabolize alcoholic beverages at a rate of about one drink per hour.
• It is estimated that about 300,000 people drive drunk each day and about 4,000 or less are arrested.
• About a third of all drunk driving convictions are for repeat offenders.
In addition to these statistics, it is important to note that the only way to sober up is to wait. Time will allow the alcohol to metabolize. Coffee or water will not.
Driving under the influence is a serious concern that results in thousands of deaths every year.