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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released results on impaired driving from an analysis of the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey reporting that the number of self-reported alcohol-impaired driving episodes declined a whopping 30 percent - from a peak of 161 million in 2006 to a low of 112 million in 2010. At the same time, levels of alcohol consumption and binge drinking have not declined significantly.

While much can be inferred from these results, it is important to understand these are self-reported alcohol-impaired driving episodes defined as the participant saying they have driven when they have had perhaps too much to drink” in the past 30 days. The term alcohol-impaired driving typically is used to describe drunk driving incidents where the drivers blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher.

Other Significant Findings:

  • Less than 2% of US adults are responsible for the 112 million alcohol-impaired driving episodes. 85% of these self-reported episodes were reported by persons who also reported binge drinking, and men account for eight out of ten of the all these alcohol-impaired driving episodes.
  • Furthermore, 21-34 year old males who account for approximately 11% of the total US adult population are responsible for one-third of the alcohol-impaired driving episodes in 2010.
  • Some of the other findings from the CDC report are consistent with latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – 10,839 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2009, accounting for 32% of all traffic fatalities.

This research highlights some of the progress that has been made to combat drunk driving over the past three decades however there remains much to be done. For 20 years The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has been a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and will continue its efforts to make our nation’s roads safer.