2006 Drunk Driving Statistics

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In 2006, there were 13,470 fatalities in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver (BAC of .08 or higher) – 32 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.

16,005 people were killed in the United States in alcohol-related* motor vehicle traffic crashes (BAC of .01 or higher).

In 2006, 1,794 children age 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Of those 1,794 fatalities, 306 (17%) occurred in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Children riding in vehicles with drivers who had a BAC level of .08 or higher accounted for half (153) of these deaths.

The 13,470 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in 2006 were almost the same as compared to 13,451 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities reported in 1996.  Ten years of progress.

The 13,470 fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during 2006 represent an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 39 minutes.

The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day.

The percentage of drivers with BAC of .08 or above in fatal crashes was highest for motorcycle operators (27 percent), followed by light trucks (24 percent), and then passenger cars (23 percent). The percentage of drivers with BAC levels of .08 or higher in fatal crashes was the lowest for large trucks (1%).

In fatal crashes in 2006, the highest percentage of drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher was for drivers ages 21-24 (33%), followed by ages 25-34 (29%) and 35-44 (25%).

Drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher involved in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired (DWI) than were drivers with no alcohol (8% and 1%, respectively).

In 2006, more than 8,200 (55%) of the drivers involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking had a BAC of .15 or greater.

As in previous years, in 2006, males comprise a majority, about 81 percent, of all drivers involved in fatal crashes with a BAC=.08+.

Alcohol related deaths in the US since 1982:

 
Total fatalities
Alcohol related fatalities
Year
Number
Number
Percent
1982
43,945
26,173
60
1983
42,589
24,635
58
1984
44,257
24,762
56
1985
43,825
23,167
53
1986
46,087
25,017
54
1987
46,390
24,094
52
1988
47,087
23,833
51
1989
45,582
22,424
49
1990
44,599
22,587
51
1991
41,508
20,159
49
1992
39,250
18,290
47
1993
40,150
17,908
45
1994
40,716
17,308
43
1995
41,817
17,732
42
1996
42,065
17,749
42
1997
42,013
16,711
40
1998
41,501
16,673
40
1999
41,717
16,572
40
2000
41,945
17,380
41
2001
42,196
17,400
41
2002
43,005
17,524
41
2003
42,643
17,013
40
2004
42,518
16,919
39
2005
43,443
16,885
39
2006
42,532
15,829
37
2007
41,059
15,387
37

 

Drinking and driving fatalities by state in 2006 (ranked by highest number of alcohol related deaths):

State
Total Fatalities

Alcohol-Related Fatalities

Number
Percent
3,466
1,544
45%
4,229
1,509
36%
3,363
1,111
33%
1,517
556
37%
1,254
540
43%
1,688
539
32%
1,280
502
39%
1,558
490
31%
1,454
483
33%
1,286
478
37%
1,037
477
46%
1,087
469
43%
1,235
451
37%
1,206
445
37%
982
425
43%
1,081
390
36%
911
358
39%
722
352
49%
961
347
36%
896
290
32%
771
285
37%
630
269
43%
913
257
28%
665
245
37%
765
243
32%
651
235
36%
533
207
39%
477
177
37%
493
175
36%
432
168
39%
466
162
35%
422
159
38%
484
155
32%
408
155
38%
439
142
32%
301
121
40%
255
114
45%
267
102
38%
266
86
32%
191
78
41%
195
78
40%
160
77
48%
188
70
37%
284
63
22%
127
51
40%
148
50
34%
111
47
42%
81
37
46%
86
28
33%
73
23
31%
37
14
36%

National
42,532
15,829
37%
507
176
35%

 

Imagine if more people had personal breathalyzers to test themselves before getting behind the wheel.