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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month --- December 2006

December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D Month). 3D Month is supported by public and private-sector organizations committed to preventing crashes caused by impaired drivers.

In 2005, a total of 43,443 traffic fatalities occurred, 39% (16,885) of which were alcohol related (1). Among these alcohol-related fatalities, 86% (14,539) involved at least one driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) >0.08 g/dL, a level that is illegal in all states. Including both fatalities and persons who survived the crash, the percentage of persons with a BAC >0.08 g/dL was 32% for pedestrians, 27% for motorcycle operators, 22% for passenger-car drivers, and 21% for drivers of light trucks. Male drivers and drivers aged 21--24 years had the highest BACs. A previous conviction for driving while impaired had been recorded for 9% of drivers with BACs >0.08 g/dL who were involved in fatal crashes, and 25% had had their licenses suspended or revoked previously. Safety belts were used by only 28% of fatally injured drivers with BACs >0.08 g/dL, compared with 56% of fatally injured drivers with BACs of 0.00 g/dL.

A program planner, which contains sample public-service announcements, media tool kits, and program guidance for 3D Month, is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http:// www.stopimpaireddriving.org.

Reference

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts, 2005 data: alcohol. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 2006. DOT HS 810 616. Available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/ncsa/tsf2005/2005tsf/810_616/images/alcohol.pdf.

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Date last reviewed: 12/6/2006

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