Key Facts and Statistics on Impaired Driving

Share these facts with students to reinforce the seriousness of the issue:

  • In 2011, 24% of young drivers (ages 15 to 20) involved in fatal crashes were drinking. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
  • Young people ages 16 to 29 (especially males) are at high risk for drowsy-driving crashes. These crashes cause about 40,000 injuries each year. ("Drowsy Driving and Automobile Crashes: Report and Recommendations," NHTSA)
  • Prescription and illegal drugs can impair a driver's motor skills, reaction time, and judgment. This is drugged driving. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • 1,612: This is the number of passengers killed in 2011 while riding with drunk drivers. (NHTSA)
  • Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. (NHTSA)

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