​on Impaired driving

Governor's Council


In 2011, 32,367 people lost their lives on America’s roadways in motor vehicle crashes. This figure is 1.9

percent lower than the 32,999 people who died in crashes in 2010 (632 fewer fatalities in 2011).

Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities declined by 2.5 percent in 2011. An alcohol impaired-driving fatality

is defined as a person killed in a crash involving a driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood

alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or greater.

Click on the following link to download an Executive Summary that provides the significant national statistics regarding State Motor Vehicle Fatalities and State Alcohol-Impaired Motor Vehicle Fatalities - 2011.

In 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. Traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes decreased by 2.5 percent from 10,136 in 2010 to 9,878 in 2011. The alcohol-impaired-driving fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) remained at 0.34 in 2011 (same as in 2010).

An average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes in 2011.

Click on the following link to download information about the victims, ages, drivers and BAC's for alcohol-involved traffic crashes nationwide in 2011.      Traffic Safety Facts - 2011 Data Alcohol Impaired Driving.

Click on the following link to download more detailed nationwide information about fatality and injury rates, types of crashes, restraint use, types of vehicles, crash locations, time of day, state by state distribution of fatalities, etc.  Traffic Safety Facts - 2011 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview.

Safety Report on Eliminating Impaired Driving
 On May 14, 2013, the 25th anniversary of our nation's deadliest drunk-driving crash, which killed 24 children and three adults in Carrollton, Ky., the NTSB's five-member board voted unanimously to issue bold recommendations to help the United States reach zero and eliminate alcohol-impaired driving.

Bold steps are needed: On average, every hour, one person dies in a crash involving a drunk driver and 20 more people are injured, including three with debilitating injuries. That adds up quickly to yearly totals of nearly 10,000 deaths, 27,000 lives forever altered and another 146,000 injured.

The safety report and recommendations culminate a year-long effort by the NTSB to thoroughly examine this problem and develop a set of targeted interventions. The recommendations include:

  • Reduce state BAC limits from 0.08 to 0.05 or lower
  • Increase use of high-visibility enforcement
  • Develop and deploy in-vehicle detection technology
  • Require ignition interlocks for all offenders
  • Improve use of administrative license actions
  • Target and address repeat offenders
  • Reinforce use and effectiveness of DWI courts

NATIONAL STATISTICS