​on Impaired driving

Governor's Council


• In 2017 there were 10,874 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers with BACs

of .08 g/dL or higher. This totaled 29 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year. (Note: It is illegal in every

State to drive with a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher.) In 2017, there were 10,874 fatlities in motor vehicle

traffic crashes involving drivers with BAC's of .08 or  higher.  This totaled 29 % of all traffic fatalities for

the year.

 • An average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes in 2017.

• The estimated economic cost of all alcohol-impaired crashes (involving alcohol-impaired drivers or alcohol impaired non-occupants) in the United States in 2010 (the most recent year for which cost data is available) was $44 billion.

• Of the traffic fatalities in 2017 among children 14 and younger, 19 percent occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.

• The 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage (27%) of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes compared to other age groups in 2017.

• The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher in fatal crashes in 2017 was highest for fatalities involving motorcycle riders (27%), compared to passenger cars (21%), light trucks (20%), and large trucks (3%).

• The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2017 was 3.6 times higher at night than during the day.

• In 2017 among the 10,874 alcohol impaired-driving fatalities, 68 percent (7,368) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15 g/dL or higher.

Click on the following link to download information about the victims, ages, drivers and BAC's for alcohol-involved traffic crashes nationwide in 2017.     Traffic Safety Facts - 2017 Data Alcohol Impaired Driving..

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