29 people in the U.S. die each day in an alcohol-impaired driving crash, or one person every 49 minutes.
The plateauing fatality rates indicate the progress has stagnated and even reversed.
In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28 percent of traffic deaths.
40 percent of people killed in alcohol-impaired driving incidents were not the drinking driver.
The economic cost—including medical costs, lost productivity, legal expenses, and property damages—of alcohol-impaired driving crashes was $121.5 billion in 2010.
More people die from drinking and driving each year than from other public health and safety hazards, such as certain cancers, HIV/AIDS, and drownings.
Changes in the social, economic, technological, and clinical arenas have opened up new opportunities to take action on alcohol-impaired driving. The report embraces a vision in which no alcohol-impaired driving deaths are acceptable—Vision Zero. To reach this ambitious goal, a renewed, comprehensive, multisector approach is needed to successfully reduce serious injuries and fatalities. The report’s recommendations, taken together, have the potential to reinvigorate commitment and accelerate progress to eliminate deaths from alcohol-impaired driving.