Recent Drunk Driving Statistics: The Goods News and the Bad News

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We all know you shouldn’t drink and drive, but despite this awareness it’s clear that some people still do. You only need to watch your local news station or read your local newspaper to see that drunk driving continues to make headlines. And it does so right across the United States.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently gave us some good news, though, when it comes to drunk driving. The NHTSA’s Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers found that the number of drunk drivers on the nation’s roads have declined by almost a third since 2007, and by more than three-quarters since the first Roadside Survey back in 1973.

Despite this good news, drunk driving on our roads hasn’t been eliminated. While a decline in the number of people driving and drinking is certainly something to celebrate, it can’t be ignored that drunk driving still continues to claim lives every day across the nation. In 2013, for example, approximately 31 percent, or one-third, of all traffic fatalities resulted from alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.

Still, the good news is cheering. As NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind notes, “America made drunk driving a national issue and while there is no victory as long as a single American dies in an alcohol-related crash, a one-third reduction in alcohol use over just seven years shows how a focused effort and cooperation among the federal government, states and communities, law enforcement, safety advocates and industry can make an enormous difference.”

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