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2021 DUI stats...who are most at risk...and what about COVID?

Monday, August 02, 2021 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Drunk driving statistics 2021

In the latest drunk driving statistics from the NHTSA, age, gender and location are significant factors. Those most at risk for drunk driving are young people, motorcyclists and drivers with prior DWI convictions.

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving#alcohol-abuse-and-cost-5091

COVID and drunk driving

In addition to the distractions drivers already face on the road, compounded by the stress of COVID-19 and the resulting pandemic, other increasing driver trends are concerning - particularly in conjunction with drunk driving and driving fatalities.

However, COVID-19 also left its mark on these statistics, conversely affecting drunk driving trends.

By September 2020, drunk driving fatalities increased almost five percent from the same period in 2019, although total miles traveled decreased about 14.5 percent. The fatality rate also increased from 1.10 to 1.35 in just a year. The influence of alcohol, drugs and medication were only responsible for about 10 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes.

https://www.cdc.gov/transportationsafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html


What safety steps can individuals take?
Make plans so that you don’t have to drive while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. For example:

  • Before drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group

  • Don’t let your friends drive while impaired.

  • If you have been drinking alcohol and/or using drugs, get a ride home, use a ride share service, or call a taxi.

  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

  • Always wear your seat belt — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.

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