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2013 Drunk Driving Fatalities by State

From 2012 to 2013, drunk driving fatalities decreased by 2.5 percent nationwide. How did your state do?

State 2012 Drunk Driving Deaths % of Traffic Deaths in 2012 Caused by Drunk Driving 2013 Drunk Driving Deaths % of Traffic Deaths in 2013 Caused by Drunk Driving 
Alabama 240 28% 260 31%
Alaska 15 25% 15 29%
Arizona 230 28% 219 26%
Arkansas 144 26% 123 25%
California 829 28% 867 29%
Colorado 134 28% 142 30%
Connecticut 100 38% 114 41%
DC 3 20% 6 30%
Delaware 35 31% 38 38%
Florida 709 29% 676 28%
Georgia 295 25% 297 25%
Hawaii 47 38% 33 32%
Idaho 52 28% 58 27%
Illinois 322 34% 322 32%
Indiana 230 29% 198 25%
Iowa 96 26% 103 32%
Kansas 104 26% 102 29%
Kentucky 169 23% 167 26%
Louisiana 235 33% 234 33%
Maine 50 30% 42 29%
Maryland 163 32% 141 30%
Massachusetts 129 34% 118 36%
Michigan 261 28% 255 27%
Minnesota 114 29% 95 25%
Mississippi 191 33% 210 34%
Missouri 283 34% 248 33%
Montana 89 43% 92 40%
Nebraska 73 34% 60 28%
Nevada 85 33% 79 30%
New Hampshire 32 30% 46 34%
New Jersey 164 28% 146 27%
New Mexico 97 27% 93 30%
New York 340 29% 364 30%
North Carolina 372 29% 371 29%
North Dakota 72 42% 62 42%
Ohio 389 35% 271 27%
Oklahoma 209 29% 170 25%
Oregon 88 26% 105 34%
Pennsylvania 407 31% 368 30%
Puerto Rico 101 28% 127 37%
Rhode Island 28 44% 24 37%
South Carolina 348 40% 335 44%
South Dakota 44 33% 41 30%
Tennessee 286 28% 277 28%
Texas 1290 38% 1337 40%
Utah 32 15% 38 17%
Vermont 24 31% 18 26%
Virginia 209 27% 254 34%
Washington 143 33% 149 34%
West Virginia 94 28% 91 27%
Wisconsin 202 33% 178 33%
Wyoming 41 33% 25 29%

 

Click here for the full report from NHTSA.

 


Tips to Ring in the New Year Safely

Every day in the United States, 28 people are killed in drunk driving crashes and hundreds more are injured. And the risk of sharing the road with a drunk driver is even higher on holidays, like New Year’s. In fact, New Year’s Day is the most dangerous day of the year for drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.

In 2012, over half of all traffic fatalities on New Year’s Day – after the midnight toasts – involved a drunk driver. Tweet: In 2012, over half of all traffic fatalities on New Year’s Day involved a drunk driver http://ctt.ec/Bo5P8+ via @maddonline

So before you gather with family and friends to ring in the New Year, make sure you’ve made the necessary plans for how to keep your loved ones safe.

Going out?

  • Before your New Year’s Eve celebration begins, make a plan to get home safely. If you plan on drinking, designate a non-drinking driver ahead of time and leave your keys at home, or program the phone number of a friend or local taxi service to your phone.
  • Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking. There’s always another way to get home safely – it’s never worth the risk.
  • If you see someone driving drunk, always call the police. Getting drunk drivers off the roads prevents tragedies and saves lives.

Hosting a party?

  • As guests RSVP, confirm that they have a plan for a safe way home via a non-drinking designated driver (rideshare service, public transportation, taxi, etc.).
  • Plan activities like party games or door prize drawings that do not involve alcohol and engage people, resulting in a lower consumption of alcohol.
  • Have the number of a taxi service or a rideshare app on hand or offer your sofa to guests who need to stay put.
  • View our safe party guide for more handy host or hostess tips.

Make this New Year’s holiday something to celebrate by preventing drunk driving. Happy New Year!




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MADD is joining forces with Lyft and UBER

A lot goes in to planning the perfect New Year's Eve celebration, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants to help you with your checklist:

√ Reservations for two at that fancy restaurant you’ve always wanted to try – check.

√ The perfect outfit for that night on the town – check.

√ Your favorite bottle of bubbly for that midnight toast – check.

• A designated non-drinking driver – check?

After the ball drops and rings in the New Year, sadly it also rings in the deadliest day on the roads due to drunk driving. In 2013, 70 people died on New Year’s Day alone.

To keep everyone safe on the roads, MADD is joining forces with Lyft and UBER. Together, we urge all adults that if your plans include alcohol then plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before the celebrations begin.

Both services will be donating to MADD’s mission – Every ride can save a life.

UBER: Enter promo code MADDNYE from 6:00 p.m. local time New Year’s Eve to 6:00 a.m. local time New Year’s Day and UBER will donate $1 to MADD for every ride nationwide.

Lyft: Starting 6:00 a.m. local time December 29 through 6:00 a.m. local time New Year’s Day, pledge to get home safe at Lyft.com/NYE and $1 per pledge nationwide will benefit MADD.

Don’t start the New Year in tragedy. Make a resolution to designate a non-drinking driver 100% of the time to make sure you, your loved ones and everyone on the roads gets home safely.


Never Give Up

On May 31, 2006, Crystal McCoy’s life was forever changed when a drunk driver, driving on the wrong side of the road, crashed into her. She doesn’t remember the crash, only the headlights as they came her way.

She had severe injuries to her face, hips, pelvis, knees and ankle, and has had to undergo 13 surgeries so far. For the first five weeks she couldn’t speak and had to write everything down—she still has those journals. Her four-year-old was scared of her because of the way she looked after the crash ... she had lost her teeth.

She was in the hospital for months and couldn’t move to even look outside, and when she was finally released, she cried when she first saw a tree. She still wasn’t able to walk, but was determined to do so again for her two young children. In fact, she shocked nurses when she returned for a visit and was able to walk on her own.

While Crystal’s Memorial Day – the day the crash happened – will never be the same, her Christmas holiday is “even more special now,” she says. She knows how precious life is and doesn’t want to take anything for granted.

Christmas is Crystal’s favorite holiday. One tradition she has is to always decorate her Christmas tree on her father’s birthday. She also creates a special ornament each Christmas for her tree to celebrate yet another year of life she was fortunate enough to live.

Crystal has a different life now, a different vocation, and she can’t do all of things she used to love to do like ride a horse or go line dancing, but she wants people to know that they should “never give up, it will get better. It doesn’t seem like it will, but it will.”


Togetherness

By Colleen Sheehey-Church, MADD President Elect

Recently, I had the privilege and honor to join MADD National President Jan Withers, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and State Attorney General Lisa Madigan at a candlelight vigil in Chicago.  MADD Illinois and Secretary of State White co-hosted the event along with the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists to honor those killed or injured by drunk drivers.

Among the speakers were victims Margaret Borcia and Kelly Collins. Kelley’s son Michael was a student at Illinois State University who was killed by a drunk driver last spring. She eloquently put into words what so many of us feel when she said, “Drinking and driving took away our son, a trusted brother, loving family member and friend. But what remains is a family united, not in bitterness, but in togetherness.” Read more about Michael here.

It is that togetherness that keeps MADD focused on helping victims, supporting law enforcement and working toward the ultimate goal of eliminating drunk driving.

 
Jan Withers and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

 
Michael's parents, Kelly and Jim Collins


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