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 types of crashes were the identified in 15,070 fatal and serious injury crashes (18% of all fatal and serious injury crashes) as well as 6,675 fatalities (34% of all fatalities) and 12,792 serious injuries (16% of all serious injuries) from 2017–2021.
of fatalities were associated with a crash involving an impaired driver
Combating the IssueStrategies Programs and Projects Emphasis Area Team
Impaired Driving: Crashes, Fatalities, and Suspected Serious Injury Crashes (2017-2021)
Impaired Driving: Fatal and Suspected Serious Injury Crashes (2017-2021)
Impaired Driving: Fatal and Suspected Serious Injuries (2017-2021)
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
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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.