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Drunk Driving Fatalities Continue to Decline

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( is pleased to present its annual summary 2013 State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America. This overview includes graphs that summarize the latest available alcohol-impaired driving fatality statistics in the U.S. detailed state-by-state data, as well as nearly three decades of trends, and highlights hardcore drunk driver statistics and the disproportional impact these offenders continue to have on our roads.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013 32,719 people died in crashes on our nation’s roadways, including 10,076 fatalities involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.

Overall alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the U.S. decreased 2.5 percent from 10,336 in 2012 to 10,076 in 2013.  On a state level, during this same time period, 34 states reported reductions in the number of driving fatalities, and 30 of those states experienced a decline in drunk driving fatalities.

Since NHTSA began recording alcohol-impaired driving statistics in 1982, drunk driving fatalities have declined overall and among persons under 21. Total drunk driving fatalities have decreased 52 percent from a record high 21,113 in 1982 to 10,076 in 2013.   Among those under 21 years of age, the number of people killed in drunk driving crashes has decreased 79 percent from 5,215 in 1982 to a historic low of 1,072 in 2014 – a nine percent decrease from 1,173 in 2012.

These are just some of the highlights in the 2013 State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America report. All of this data and more, including detailed state drunk driving and underage drinking statistics for can be found on our State Map and the individual charts can be printed and downloaded from the Media Center.


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