During the holidays, our thoughts turn toward our families and friends, and sharing time together during the season. But there are also valid concerns about the increased risks that come with driving the congested streets and highways in the D.C. area, as well as the greater number of drunk drivers during the holiday season.
The facts about drunk driving reveal the following surprising numbers:
- There is one death every half hour caused by a drunk driver.
- There are 16,000 people killed yearly in drunk driving vehicle crashes.
- Alcohol is a contributing factor in almost half of traffic fatalities.
- Every two minutes, someone is seriously injured in an alcohol-related accident.
- 300,000 people drive drunk daily, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
- Almost one third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
- Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in a single recent year for drunk or alcohol-impaired driving.
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk about 80 times before the first arrest.
- Every day, 28 people die in drunk driving crashes.
- 50 to 75 percent of drunk drivers continue to operate a vehicle with a suspended license.
- An average of 2 in 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving crash over a lifetime.
- 29.1 million drivers have admitted to driving under the influence – more than the entire population of Texas.
- Drunk-driving-related fatal crashes are 4.5 times higher in the evening hours.
The Washington, D.C., area has serious problems with regard to traffic accidents with injuries and deaths, which may increase during the holiday season.
D.C. Quick Crash Facts:
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The numbers of injuries and deaths on D.C. streets and highways are grim, but the personal devastation that families suffer when a loved one is injured or killed is truly immeasurable.
Lives change forever in an instant, whether the collision is caused by speeding, reckless driving, inattention, distracted driving or drunk driving. The loss of a loved one that could have been prevented is particularly difficult to accept.
It is important to the future health of the victim or family, both personally and financially, that justice is served, and the responsible party held accountable for his or her actions. These legal cases are often resolved out of court, but not always. Some injury or wrongful death cases will go to civil court for resolution, and the facts about what occurred may be heavily challenged.
2012 Crashes by Vehicle Type: Washington, D.C.
- MADD – Statistics
- MADD – Drunk Driving Statistics
- District Department of Transportation — Traffic Safety Statistics Report for the District of Columbia (2010-2012)