Statistics


Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.Click to Tweet

Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States: 2013”

Almost half of all 10th graders drink alcohol.Click to Tweet

Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2013). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2012. Volume I: Secondary school students. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan, 604 pp.

In 2012, 10.3 million people reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year.Click to Tweet

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm#ch3.1.10

Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.Click to Tweet

Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2011). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2011. Volume I: Secondary school students (NIH Publication No. 10-7584). Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 734 pp

About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.Click to Tweet

(Fell, Jim. “Repeat DWI Offenders in the United States.” Washington, DC: National Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Tech No. 85, February 1995.)

Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Click to Tweet

Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States: 2013”

Males were more likely than females (15.1 vs. 7.9 percent) to drive drunk.Click to Tweet

(Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States: 2011”)

The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent).Click to Tweet

(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.” September 2011.)

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).Click to Tweet

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2011: Alcohol-Impaired Driving” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012.)

The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour.Click to Tweet

(Michigan State University. “Basic Alcohol Information.” East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2003.)

A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which contain the same amount of alcohol.Click to Tweet

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in the Medical Setting." DOT HS 809 467. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July 2002.)

Impairment is not determined by the type of drink, but rather by the amount of alcohol drunk over time.Click to Tweet

(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Q&A: Alcohol: General.” Arlington, VA: National Highway Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, March 2012.)

In 2013, a total of 1,149 children 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those 1,149 fatalities, 200 (17%) occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Out of those 200 deaths, 121 (61%) were occupants of vehicles with drivers who had BACs of .08 or higher, and another 29 children (15%) were pedestrians or pedalcyclists struck by drivers with BACs of .08 or higher.Click to Tweet

NHTSA data query, 2013.

In 2011, 15 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk, compared to 31 percent on weekends.Click to Tweet

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2011: Alcohol-Impaired Driving” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012.)

Drunk driving involvement in fatal crashes in 2011 was 4.5 times higher at night than during the day (36 versus 8 percent).Click to Tweet

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2011: Alcohol-Impaired Driving” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012.)

In the United States, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980. Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2012.

In 2012, MADD served more than 61,000 victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving crashes. Click to Tweet

Internal MADD tracking data, 2002-2010.

Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2014. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812102.pdf

Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion a year. Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2014, DOT HS 812 013. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812013.pdf.

In 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol - that’s more than the population of Texas.Click to Tweet

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.

Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help. Click to Tweet

(Michigan State University. “Basic Alcohol Information.” East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2003.)

High school students who use alcohol or other substances are five times more likely to drop out of school. Click to Tweet

National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Volume 1: Secondary School Students”, National Survey Results on Drug Use from The Monitoring the Future Study, 1975-1997. Rockville, MD: Department of Health and Human Services, 1998.

Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash. Click to Tweet

Hingson, Ralph, et al. “Age of Drinking Onset, Driving After Drinking, and Involvement in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes.” DOT HS 809 188. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, January 2001.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver. Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2011: Overview”. Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2013. and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2011: Young Drivers”. Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2013.

Teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year - that’s more than all illegal drugs combined.Click to Tweet

Hingson, Ralph and D. Kenkel. “Social and Health Consequences of Underage Drinking.” In press. As quoted in Institute of Medicine National Research Council of the National Academies. Bonnie, Richard J. and Mary Ellen O’Connell, eds. Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.

One in six teens binge drinks, yet only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her teen binge drinks.Click to Tweet

Institute of Medicine National Research Council of the National Academies. Bonnie, Richard J. and Mary Ellen O’Connell, eds. Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.

50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license. Click to Tweet

(Peck, R.C., Wilson, R. J., and Sutton, L. 1995. “Driver license strategies for controlling the persistent DUI offender, Strategies for Dealing with the intent Drinking Driver.” Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Circular No. 437. Washington, D.C. National Research Council: 48-49 and Beck, KH, et al. “Effects of Ignition Interlock License Restrictions on Drivers with Multiple Alcohol Offenses: A Randomized Trial in Maryland.” American Journal of Public Health, 89 vol. 11 (1999): 1696-1700.)

On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2014, DOT HS 812 013. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812013.pdf.

MADD has helped save nearly 30,000 young lives through passage of the 21 Minimum Drinking Age Law. Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Lives Saved in 2011 by Restraint Use and Minimum Drinking Age Laws”. DOT 811 169. Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811702.pdf

About 30 percent of 8th graders have tried alcohol. Click to Tweet

Institute of Medicine National Research Council of the National Academies. Bonnie, Richard J. and Mary Ellen O’Connell, eds. Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.

An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.Click to Tweet

(Centers for Disease Control. “Vital Signs: Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Adults — United States, 2010.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. October 4, 2011.)

In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 52 minutes - and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes. Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2014. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812102.pdf. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2014, DOT HS 812 013. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812013.pdf.

MADD serves a victim or survivor of a drunk or drugged driving crash every 8.6 minutes.Click to Tweet

Internal MADD tracking data, 2002-2012.

Since 1980 MADD has saved 300,000 lives ...and counting.Click to Tweet

(Fell, 1995 and NHTSA FARS data) Full cite: Fell J.C. (1995), "What's New in Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety in the U.S.?" National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Proceedings of 13th Conference, International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, ICADTS, NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit, University of Adelaide, Australia, C.N. Kloeden and A. J. McLean (Editors), T95, pp 329-335

Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2014, DOT HS 812 013. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812013.pdf.

Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 per year.Click to Tweet

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2014, DOT HS 812 013. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812013.pdf.