Alcohol impaired driving is a serious issue that impacts Americans on a daily basis. Just a single drink can cause a decline in visual function, mental judgment and motor skills, resulting in driver impairment.
How big is this problem?
- Every day, 32 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
- In 2020, 11,654 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes.
- The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $123.3 billion.
- More than half of alcohol-impaired crashes occur on urban roads, and the vast majority happen in good weather (83%).
Support the strengthening and vigorous enforcement of impaired-driving laws. These laws and practices save lives:
- Sobriety Checkpoints – allows officers to setup a roadblock and briefly ask drivers questions to access whether or not they have been drinking
- High-Visibility Saturation Patrols (also referred to as blanket patrols or dedicated driving while impaired (DWI) patrols)
- Alcohol-Impaired Driving Laws
- Alcohol Problem Assessment and Treatment Programs