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2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data California National
Total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 914 10,265
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities 28.8 29.3
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 96 1,021
Percent of Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Under 21 Fatalities 24.9 23.0
2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100,000 Population
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population 2.3 3.2
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population 0.9 1.2
2006-2015 % Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K Pop
10-year Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop -33.2 -29.0
10-year Change in Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop -51.3 -49.7
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities Involving high BAC drivers (.15+)*
BAC=.15+ 65.4 69.2
Percent of Drivers in Fatal Crashes Involving Repeat Offenders
BAC .08-.14 30.3 27.0
BAC .15+ 69.7 73.0
2013 and 2014 12-20 Year Old Alcohol Consumption (latest available)
Past Month Alcohol Consumption 23.1 22.8
Binge Drinking in Past 30-days 14.2 14.0
2015 Arrest Data
Under 18: Driving under the influence 515 5,064
Total: Driving under the influence 141,458 833,833
Under 18: Liquor laws 1,627 33,155
Total: Liquor laws 12,186 204,665
Under 18: Drunkenness 1,104 4,243
Total: Drunkenness 78,534 314,856

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data Source: NHTSA/FARS, 10/16

*Among drivers with a known alcohol test result

*Youth Consumption Data Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 12/15, (http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh)

*Arrest Data Source: 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report (Tables 38 and 69)

**Drunkenness is not considered a crime in some states; therefore, the figures may vary widely from state to state

*Limited, incomplete, or no data were reported by the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, and New York in the 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Data should be used with caution and should not be compared to other states or previous year data.

Note: Because the number of agencies submitting arrest data varies from year to year, users are cautioned about making direct comparisons between 2015 arrest totals and those published in previous years’ editions of Crime in the United States. Further, arrest figures may vary widely from state to state because some Part II crimes of the Uniform Crime Report are not considered crimes in some states.

For a comprehensive report on the 2016 State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America, click here.

State Law State Law Detail
24/7 Programs No 24/7 legislation
Administrative License Suspension/Revocation ALS/ALR law enacted
BAC Test Refusal Administrative and criminal penalties
Drug Evaluation and Classification Program 500+ DREs
DUI Child Endangerment Laws Enhanced penalties
DUI Look-back Periods Ten years
DUID Zero Tolerance and Per Se Laws Impairment-based statute only
Enhanced Penalties for High-BAC 0.15
Felony DUI Fourth offense
Good Samaritan Good Samaritan law enacted
Habitual Offender Designation Habitual Offender Law Enacted
Marijuana Drug-Impaired Driving Laws No marijuana-specific drugged driving law
Open Container - Alcohol In compliance with Federal requirements
Sobriety Checkpoints Permitted
DUI Courts - Hybrid No Hybrid Courts
DUI Courts - Standalone 6-10 DUI Courts
DUID Affirmative Defense Special circumstances
Open Container - Marijuana Marijuana-specific open container law