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Protecting America from Impaired Drivers
Launched in December 1999, the national
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Crackdown is a partnership of criminal justice and traffic safety partners in all 50 States that is committed to reducing deaths from impaired driving. Thanks to the combined efforts of thousands of devoted public and private partners, more than 150 million Americans have learned about the campaign from newspapers, the Internet, and from radio and television broadcasts.
Don't Be a Statistic...In 2009
8,976 people 21 to 34 years old were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 47 percent (4,206) were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day (37 percent versus 9 percent).
Thirty-one percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, compared with 16 percent during the weekdays.
32 percent of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or above — an average of one fatality every 48 minutes.
The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 or above involved in fatal crashes was highest for motorcycle riders (29 percent), followed by drivers of light trucks (23 percent) and passenger cars (23 percent).
Forty-three percent of the 2,291 motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes had BACs of .08 or above.
The age groups of 45 to 49 and 40 to 44 had the highest percentages of impaired (BAC of .08 or higher) motorcycle riders killed in fatal crashes — 41 percent and 38 percent, respectively.
It Takes a Community Approach to Save Lives
Although every year 1.5 million impaired drivers are arrested, only one arrest is made for every 772 occurrences of driving under the influence of alcohol. Repeat offenders account for a high number of alcohol-related crashes.
We have come to a crossroads in our efforts to prevent this deadly crime. America is at a crucial point where we must all do more as communities and as individuals if we are to make significant declines in the number of alcohol- and drug-related crashes.
The key to reversing this alarming trend is taking a systematic approach with law enforcement, prosecutors, judicial officials, traffic safety partners and individuals each doing their part, to protect innocent victims from impaired drivers.
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