When drinking alcohol, driving becomes dangerous and
average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their
day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve
an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes (cdc.gov)
· In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in
alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all
traffic-related deaths in the United States.
Of the 1,070 traffic deaths among children ages
0 to 14 years in 2014, 209 (19%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
Of the 209 child passengers ages 14 and younger
who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2014, over half (116) were
riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
In 2014, over 1.1 million drivers were arrested
for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That's
one percent of the 121 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired
driving among U.S. adults each year.
Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal)
are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.
Excessive drinking is responsible
for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year, and cost the
U.S. $24 billion in economic costs in
Although drinking by persons under
the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol
consumed in the United
States. More than 90% of this alcohol
is consumed in the form of binge drinks.
On average, underage drinkers
consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers.
In 2010, there were approximately
189,000 emergency rooms visits by persons under age 21 for injuries and other
conditions linked to alcohol.
Only time will make a person sober,
The average person's body process one drink per hour.
Drinking coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower;
One in six teens binge drinks
Only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her teen binge drinks
All states in the U.S. have adopted .08% BAC (Blood Alcohol
as the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle for drivers
aged 21 years or older.
BAC of .08%
Muscle coordination is poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision,
reaction time and hearing), it is harder to detect danger and judgment,
self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired resulting in reduced
concentration, short term memory loss, loss of speed control, reduced
information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search) and
impaired perception. The majority of drinking driving deaths are due to drivers
with a blood alcohol concentration or BAC of at least .10 the most commonly
used definition of intoxication.