Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
According to statistics collected in 2006, 1,794 children under the age of 14 were killed in vehicle crashes. Out of those 1,794 fatalities, about 17% of these were involved in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Half of this 17% involved children riding in vehicles with drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher. Overall, there were 13,470 fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers in 2006, an average of one such fatality occurring every 39 minutes. The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was at least four times higher at night than during the daytime hours. Of the fatalities suffered due to DUI / DWI incidents, at least 33% of those drivers having a BAC level of .08 or higher were within the age bracket of 21-24. The remainder of these fatalities includes the age brackets of 25-34 at 29%, and 35-44 at 25%. Overall, about 55% of these drivers had a BAC level of .15 or higher and 81% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes with a BAC level of .08 or higher were male.
According to 2006 figures, Texas had the highest number of alcohol related fatalities among the 50 states (45%) out of their total driving fatalities, with 1,544 alcohol related fatalities. California has the second-highest number of alcohol-related fatalities (36%) out of their total driving fatalities at 1,509, followed by Florida with 1,111 (33%), and Pennsylvania with 556 alcohol related fatalities (37%). One interesting fact concerning fatalities involving alcohol-impaired individuals is that the recorded fatalities for 2006 are nearly the same as those reported in 1996, with only very little change in fatality figures within that ten-year time span. The number of recorded fatalities that were alcohol related stands at 13,451. Another interesting and sobering fact is that intoxicated drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher who are involved in alcohol related fatalities were at least eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for DUI / DWI than drivers with no BAC level. So far this year, there have been 4,298 recorded drunk driving deaths in the U.S.