The Impaired Driving emphasis area includes those crashes where at least one driver was identified as having been drinking, having taken medication, been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a blood alcohol content greater than zero, or a positive drug test.
Impaired driving was identified as a factor for 8,301 fatal crashes (39 percent of all fatal crashes) and 13,841 serious injury crashes (15 percent of all serious injury crashes) from 2010–2016.
of Impaired Driving Fatal and Serious Crashes Occur Between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Distraction Fatalities and Serious Injuries (2014–2018)
Impaired driving related fatalities compared to total statewide fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes from 2014 to 2018. SHSP was implemented between 2016 and 2017. In 2018, there were 1,276 impaired driving related fatalities.
Impaired driving related suspected serious injures compared to total statewide suspected serious injuries for the years 2014 to 2018. SHSP was implemented between the years 2016 and 2017.
Impaired Fatalities and Serious Injuries
Fatal and Serious Injury Impaired Driving Crashes
50% of Impaired Driving Fatal and Serious Crashes are Rural
61% of Impaired Driving Fatal and Serious Crashes Occur Between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Proportion of Impaired Drivers in Fatal and Serious Crashes Relative to the Proportion of the Population by Age and Gender
Click a strategy below to learn more about the countermeasures for that strategy.
Use data systems to identify licensed and permitted alcohol sales locations within a community and examine Alcoholic Beverage Code violation history to determine any correlation with alcohol related crashes.
Increase education for all road users on the impact of impaired driving and its prevention.
Increase officer contacts with impaired drivers through regular traffic enforcement.