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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 2012  
 
10,322 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic 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 increased by 4.6 percent from
9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012.
Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was almost 4 times higher at night than during the day (35 percent versus 9 percent).
Thirty percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, compared with 15 percent during the weekdays.
Twenty-one 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 51 minutes.
The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 or above involved in fatal crashes was highest for motorcycle riders (27 percent), followed by passenger cars (23 percent) and drivers of light trucks (22 percent).
Twenty-seven percent of the 5,075 motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes had BACs of .08 or above.
In fatal crashes in 2012 the highest percentage of drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (32%), followed by ages 25 to 34 (29%) and 35 to 44 (25%).
Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
 
  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.  
     
  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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