The National Perspective1
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that alcohol was involved in 31% of fatal crashes in 2014.
- The 9,967 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes during 2014 represent an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 53 minutes.
- The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in 2014 fatal crashes was nearly four times higher at night than during the day (34% versus 9%).
- In 2014, 16 percent of all fatal crashes during the week were alcohol-related, compared to 29% on weekends.
- In fatal crashes in 2014, drivers with the highest percentage of a BAC level of .08 or higher were 21 to 24 years of age (30%), followed by 25 to 34 years old (29%) and 35-44 years old (24%).
- In 2014, the percentage of drivers with BAC of .08 or above in fatal crashes was highest for motorcyclists (29%).
- All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had created law thresholds making it illegal per se to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the 9,967 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2014, 6,391 (64%) were drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher.
- Drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes in 2014 were seven times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol.
The South Carolina Perspective:
- In 2015, preliminary data shows 300 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.1
- From 2011-2015, premilinary data shows approximately 29,300 people were involved in DUI-related collisions.
- Nearly 49 percent of single vehicle fatal crashes involved an impaired driver in 2013.2
In 2013, the rate of DUI involvement in collisions was about nine times higher at night (9PM—3AM) than during the day (6AM-6PM) (18.1% vs. 1.9%).
- Males account for about 68 percent of the drivers in DUI collisions. 3
1 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, FARS Data Tables.
3State Traffic Collision Master File, 2013 preliminary data.