112 Million Drunk Driving Incidents In 2010
October 4, 2011

112 Million Drunk Driving Incidents In 2010

According to a new Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were about 112 million drinking and driving incidents in 2010.

CDC said there was almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day in 2010. 

“The four million adults who drink and drive each year put everyone on the road at risk,” CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. said in a press release. “In fact, nearly 11,000 people are killed every year in crashes that involve an alcohol—impaired driver.”

CDC analyzed data from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey for the study.

The study found that men were responsible for 81 percent of drinking and driving in 2010, while men between the ages of 21 and 34 made up just 11 percent of the U.S. population in that year.

According to the report, 85 percent of drinking and driving episodes were reported by people who also reported binge drinking. 

“Drunk driving is a public health problem with far—reaching effects,” Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., director of CDC´s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in a press release. “Drunk drivers, who have delayed reaction times and reflexes, put even the most responsible drivers and pedestrians in harm´s way. Public support to prevent drunk driving is strong. Thankfully, there are proven ways to protect everyone on the road.”

According to the Transportation Research Board, frequent use of sobriety checkpoints could save about 1,500 to 3,000 lives on the road each year.


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