Impaired Driving

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Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.1 This is one death every 50 minutes.1 The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.2

Thankfully, there are effective measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving.

New Report: Drugged Driving
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In 2018, 12 million Americans aged 16 and older reported driving under the influence of marijuana and 2.3 million reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs other than marijuana during the past 12 months. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is a serious public health concern that needs to be better addressed to safeguard the health and safety of everyone on the road.

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Working together, we can help keep people safe on the road – every day. Keep alcohol-impaired drivers off the road.

Fact sheets are available for each state and the District of Columbia. They include national and state data on alcohol-impaired driving and alcohol-involved crash deaths, as well as an overview of proven strategies for reducing and preventing alcohol-impaired driving.

CDC Vital Signs. 1 in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives. www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns

Teen Drinking and Driving – A Dangerous Mix

October 2012

The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since 1991, but more can be done.

CDC Vital Signs. 112 million times a year alcohol-impaired drivers put you at risk.  www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns

Drinking and Driving – A Threat to Everyone

October 2011

US adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010.