Alcohol Impaired Driving

 

Impaired driving represents just over 40 percent of all traffic deaths, the highest alcohol/drug involved percentage in traffic deaths Michigan has experienced in more than 10 years. MichiganState Police, CJIC

Michigan law enforcement agencies arrested 53,297 motorists for drunk and impaired driving in 2006. That’s nearly 150 every day. Michigan State Police, CJIC

Crashes involving drinking tend to be more serious than non-drinking crashes. The percentage of fatalities is eight times higher than in all crashes, and the number of crashes at the most serious injury level are almost four times higher. Michigan State Police, CJIC

The severity of injuries is much worse for drivers and passengers who had been drinking. Michigan State Police, CJIC

Nationally in 2005, 16,885 people died in alcohol-related crashes, which represent an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 31 minutes. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Impaired driving is one of the most often committed crimes. In 2004, more than 1.4 million people nationwide were arrested for driving under the influence. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report

Nearly 97 percent of Americans view impaired driving as a threat to the community; and three out of four Americans strongly endorse the use of stricter and more severe penalties against impaired drivers to protect themselves and their loved ones. Gallup Organization NHTSA 2003 survey

IMPAIRED DRIVING INFORMATION & MATERIALS

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – www.nhtsa.dot.gov
FACE – Truth and Clarity on Alcohol – www.faceproject.org
National Commission Against Drunk Driving – www.ncadd.org
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – www.niaaa.nih.gov
Mothers Against Drunk Driving – www.madd.org
Secretary of State’s Office – www.michigan.gov/sos (for information regarding the repeat offender laws)
The Century Council – www.centurycouncil.org
National Hardcore Drunk Driver Project – www.dwidata.org
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information – www.health.org
B.R.A.D.-Be Responsible About Drinking www.brad21.org