Impaired Driving

A guy holding car keys while being offered an alcoholic drink

Motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers kill one person every 45 minutes in the United States. That’s 32 people every day.

We know a lot about the harmful effects of alcohol-impaired driving but less about the burden of drug-impaired driving. Regardless, driving while impaired by any substance is dangerous and illegal.

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

Drug-Impaired Driving Fact Sheet
CDC Drug-Impaired Driving fact sheet

Driving while impaired by any substance can be deadly. Impaired driving happens when someone operates a vehicle while impaired by substances such as marijuana, illicit drugs, some prescription or over-the-counter medicines, and/or alcohol.

The drug-impaired driving fact sheet  [PDF – 2 pages] provides an overview of drug-impaired driving, highlighting strategies that states can use to address drug-impaired driving and identifying actions that could advance understanding of the issue.

Alcohol-Impaired Driving State Fact Sheets and Data
CDC Impaired Driving fact sheet - Georgia page

Working together, we can 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 crash deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers, as well as an overview of proven strategies for reducing and preventing alcohol-impaired driving.