Facts About Drunk Driving

Facts About Drunk Driving

  • On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
  • One in three eighth graders has tried alcohol.
  • More than half of all tenth graders drink alcohol.
  • Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
  • Every 90 seconds a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about one-third of those are alcohol related.
  • Every day in America, another 30 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
  • MADD serves a victim or survivor of drunk driving every 10 minutes.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before a first arrest.
  • In 2009, 10,839 people died in drunk-driving crashes – one every 50 minutes – and more than 350,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.
  • Drunk driving costs every adult in this country almost $500 per year.
  • One in five teens binge drinks, yet only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her teen binge drinks.
  • Nationally, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut almost in half since MADD was founded in 1980.