Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Data: Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes decreased nearly 10% from 13,041 in 2007 to 11,773 in 2008. The alcohol-impaired-driving fatality rate per 100 million VMT decreased to 0.40 in 2008 from 0.43 in 2007. The 11,773 fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during 2008 represent an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 45 minutes. In 2008, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had by law created a threshold making it illegal per se to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the 11,773 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2008, 8,027 (68%) were drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher. The remaining fatalities consisted of 3,054 (26%) motor vehicle occupants and 692 (6%) nonoccupants. Additional statistics on alcohol-impaired-driving fatal crashes in 2008 are provided in this traffic safety fact sheet.

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  • Accession Number: 01140922
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-811 155
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 29 2009 1:39PM