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In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (32 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30 percent) and 35 to 44 (24 percent).
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 National Facts

  • In 2012, 10,332 people in the United States were killed in a drunk-driving crashes – one every 51 minutes. (1)

  • In 2012, 1,296 people in the Texas were killed in a drunk-driving crashes. (2)

  • MADD is serving a victim or survivor every 8.6 minutes. (1)

  • Since MADD was founded in 1980, the number of drunk driving crashes nationwide has been cut in half. (1)

  • More than 300,000 lives have been saved and more than 300,000 victims served. (1)

  • One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. (1)

  • Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. (1)

  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk at least 80 times before their first arrest. (1)

  • Drunk driving costs each adult in the country almost $500 per year. (1)

 Southeast Texas Facts

  • Harris County is the drunk-driving capital based on the number of alcohol related fatalities.

  • In 2012 Harris County had 175 fatalities involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher. (3)

  • In the 10 counties MADD Southeast Texas served in 2012, there were 265 alcohol related fatalities involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher. (3)

  • MADD Southeast Texas served over 2,650 victims of drunk driving in 2013.

Youth Facts

  • Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 people each year — that’s more than all illegal drugs combined. (1)

  • About 30 percent of 8th graders have tried alcohol. (1)

  • Almost half of all 10th graders drink alcohol. (1)

  • Almost one out of every four 12th graders reported binge drinking in the past two weeks. (1)

  • One in six teens binge drinks, yet only one in 100 parents believe his or her teen binge drinks. (1)

  • Three out of every four kids say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking. (1)

Sobriety Checkpoint Facts

  • Research shows a 20 percent drop in drunk driving deaths, injuries and crashes when checkpoints are conducted. (1)

  • Checkpoints typically delay motorists about 30 seconds, or the length of a red light. (1)

  • A Gallup poll showed that 87 percent of respondents approved of sobriety checkpoints. (1) 

 Ignition Interlocks

  • On average, ignition interlocks reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by 67 percent. (1)

  • 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license. (1)

(1) MADD National

(2) NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System

(3) TxDOT




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