Over Two-Thirds of Drunk Driving Deaths Caused by Drivers With Twice the Legal Limit
Despite the fact that some progress has been made in reducing drunk driving, a new study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) depicts some troubling trends among drunk drivers.
According to the study's findings, in 2010:
- over two-thirds (70%) of drunk driving deaths involved drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 or higher, nearly twice the legal limit in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
- alcohol-related fatalities accounted for nearly one out of three highway deaths – the equivalent of one death every 51 minutes.
- the most frequently recorded BAC among drunk drivers in fatal crashes was 0.18.
In an effort to get drunk drivers off the road, raise awareness, and most importantly, save lives, the NHTSA is partnering with over 10,000 local law enforcement and safety agencies in a campaign known as, "Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over." The campaign, which began on August 17 and runs through Labor Day, will be targeting drunk drivers in the final weeks of the summer, an especially dangerous time on American highways.
In 2010, 147 people were killed in drunk driving accidents over Labor Day weekend, representing nearly 40 percent of all highway crashes that holiday weekend.
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