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Mugshot & DUI Prevention Education: Inside the numbers.

April 16, 2009

Matthew Vasey, MD



Twenty-two year-old Major League Baseball player Nick Adenhart of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was recently killed by a drunk driver, hours after an excellent season debut pitching performance.

(Click here for more information on Nick Adenhart)

Here's a look at some stats on DUI:

On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes. In 2007, an estimated 12,998 people died in drunk driving related crashes-a decline of 3.7 percent from the 13,491 drunk driving related fatalities of 2006. (1)

About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. (2)

Over 1.46 million drivers were arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States. (3)

A first time drunk driving offender on average has driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested. (4)

In 2001, more than half a million people were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present - an average of one person injured almost every minute. (5)

In 2008, 92.2 percent of twelfth graders reported that alcohol is "very easy" or "fairly easy" to get. (6)

Of the over 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips estimated that Americans took in 2002, over ten percent (18 million trips) were made by 18-20 year olds. (7)

In 2007, 31.6 percent of the 41,059 traffic fatalities occurred in crashes in which at least one driver or nonoccupant had a BAC of 0.08 g/dl or greater. (8)

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REFERENCES:
1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Traffic Safety Facts 2007 Data:Alcohol Impaired Driving" DOT 810 985. Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008.
2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "The Traffic Stop and You: Improving Communications between Citizens and Law Enforcement." National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, March 2001, DOT HS 809 212.
3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Traffic Safety Facts 2006: Overview." DOT 810 809. Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008.
4. Fell, Jim. "Repeat DWI Offenders in the United States." Washington, DC: National Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Tech No. 85, February 1995.
5. Miller, Ted, Diane Lestina, and Rebecca Spicer. "Highway Crash Costs in the United States by Driver Age, Blood Alcohol Level, Victim Age, and Restraint Use," Accident Analysis and Prevention, 30, no. 2 (1998): 137-150.
6. University of Michigan. "Monitoring the Future: Trends in Availability of Drugs as Perceived by Twelfth Graders." 2008
7. Quinlan, Kyran P., et al. "Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among US Adults, 1993-2002." American Journal of Preventive Medicine 28 (4) (2005): 346-350.
8. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "2007 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment-Alcohol Impaired Driving Fatalities" DOT 811 016. Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2008.
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