Impaired Driving on the Rise
Every day, about thirty-two people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 45 minutes.
Alcohol-impaired driving continues to be one of the biggest safety issues on U.S. roads.
In 2020, 11,654 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes, an increase of 14.3% from the 10,196 deaths in 2019 and the most deaths recorded since 2009.
Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities are highest in Texas, followed by California and Florida.
One California study reaffirms that drinking outside the home correlates to higher rates of drinking and driving. Imbibing at home was associated with more frequent drinking, while consuming alcohol in other venues, such as bars and restaurants, was less frequent but more likely to lead to getting behind the wheel after drinking.
One has to wonder the effectiveness of public information campaigns in targeting these drivers.
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