Omaha Drunk Driving FAQs

Drunk Driving FAQ

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Listed below are a series of commonly-asked questions about drunk driving and the affects of alcohol and other substances that can reduce an individuals ability to make quick, accurate decisions when on our roads.

How extensive is the problem of people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs?

Thirty-two percent (31%) of all traffic fatalities in 2011 involved an alcohol-impaired driver with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.01 gram per deciliter (g/dL). The 9,878 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2011 represent a 2.5% reduction from the 10,136 alcohol-impaired fatalities in 2010. The U.S. is making progress toward reducing alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities.

On average one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurs every 53 minutes. Of the 9,878 people who died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2011, 6,507 (66%) were killed in crashes where at least one driver had a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher and 6,753 (68%) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a BAC of .15 g/dL or higher.

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How often is alcohol a factor in traffic fatalities involving young people?

In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drivers with BAC levels .08 g/dL or higher was for drivers ages 21-24 (32%), followed by ages 25-34 (30%) and 35-44 (24%).

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How often is alcohol a factor in traffic fatalities among children?

In 2011, a total of 181 (16%) of the fatalities among children age 14 and younger occurred in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Of those 181 fatalities, one half (91) of those killed were passengers in vehicles with drivers who had a BAC over .08%.

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Which other subgroups are most likely to be involved in fatal alcohol-related crashes?

Male drivers who die in motor vehicle crashes are almost twice as likely as female drivers to be legally drunk (BAC of 0.08 g/dL or greater). The highest percentage of drivers with BAC levels .08 g/dL or higher was for drivers ages 21-24 (32%), followed by ages 25-34 (30%) and 35-44 (24%).

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How much do alcohol-related crashes cost?

Each year alcohol-related crashes cost the U.S. $132 billion annually in direct cost, loss of earnings and household productivity.

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