Drinking And Driving Facts

Though specific penalties vary, operating a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater is a crime regardless of what state you are in. This is for good reason too, as drunk and drugged driving results in thousands of traffic-related fatalities each year. Here are some facts to keep in mind if you are ever considering driving under the influence.


1. In 2014 alone, nearly 10,000 deaths were caused by alcohol-impaired driving.


This statistic is not simply comprised of drunk drivers, it includes passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, and bikers as well. Driving drunk is not just a danger to you, both the people around you too.


2. About 3 out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.


If you think that number is high, it is. That amounts to nearly 100 million Americans being involved in a drunk driving accident over the course of their lifetime.


3. The public cost of drunk driving is estimated at around $114.3 billion.


To put that into perspective, that’s nearly the GDP of Kazakhstan. The argument against driving drunk isn’t simply one of ethics. Drunk and drugged driving is a burden on the entire economy.


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4. The rate of fatal crashes related to alcohol use is four times higher at night than during the day.


While you can’t always predict the behavior of others, you can put yourself in a position to react efficiently and effectively. By electing to drive sober, you ensure your reaction time is uninhibited in an instance of dangerous driving conditions.


5. Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested in the U.S. in 2014 for driving under the influence.

Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States: 2014." https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-29

In addition to being trained in all forms of drug identification, police officers are able administer roadside tests to ensure anybody driving under the influence is properly charged. If you regularly drive drunk, you will receive a DUI.


6. A DUI costs thousands of dollars.


Even in the absence of property or automotive damage, a DUI can cost upwards of $10,000 after all costs and fees are accounted for. It’s not uncommon for first time offenders to lose driving privileges either, creating the potential for lost income and outside transportation expenses.

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7. Type of alcohol does not determine impairment.


It’s a misconception that certain beverages make you drunker than others. It may seem obvious, but a drink is a drink is a drink. Just because you prefer the taste of a specific drink does not mean your body can metabolize it any quicker than another.


8. Only time can sober you up!


There is no shortage of home remedies online claiming to sober you up. However, the truth of the matter is that coffee, a cold shower, fructose rich foods, or anything of the sort will do nothing to reduce your BAC. The rule is that it takes the body about an hour to metabolize a drink. Always give your body enough time to sober up before driving.

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Revised: May 16, 2022, 6:30 a.m.
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