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Every year, about one fourth of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators.
In 2012, there were 5,152 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Indiana (where impairment at 0.08 or above was listed as the contributing factor). These crashes resulted in 158 fatalities, 246 serious bodily injuries, and 1,866 other injuries (a total of 2,112 non-fatal injuries).
Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll among young drivers. The age group 21-24 accounts for the highest rate of alcohol impaired drivers per 10,000 licenses for both males and females at 31.4 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively. Overall, the male rate of impaired driving collisions per 10,000 licenses is nearly 3 times higher than their female counterparts, 13.0 to 4.4, respectively.
Among motorcyclists in Indiana in 2012, there were 209 collisions involving an alcohol-impaired motorcycle (includes mopeds) operator, 32 alcohol-impaired motorcycle operator fatalities, and 144 alcohol-impaired motorcycle operator non-fatal injuries.
Holidays such as the Labor Day holiday are particularly dangerous. During the 2012 Labor Day holiday period (August 31-September 4), there were 115 alcohol-related crashes in Indiana. During last year’s Labor Day Crackdown, there were 14,655 citations issued, 669 misdemeanor DUIs, and 106 felony DUIs.
Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.
We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.
Being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.
Here a some simple tips to help motorists and passengers keep safe this Labor Day holiday period—and all year long.
Remember, driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Law enforcement will be out in force and will be watching, so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
For more information on alcohol related crashes, check out our Alcohol Fact Sheet