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Drinking and driving statistics released

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2022 | DUI/OWI

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released drinking and driving statistics for the year 2022. The statistics cover a number of different data points, including state-by-state breakdowns. According to the NHTSA, there were 501 total car accident fatalities in Maryland in 2022 and 155 of them were alcohol-related. Alcohol was involved in 31% of all traffic fatalities for the year.

National drunk driving statistics

The statistics published by NHTSA showed that drinking and driving causes 28 deaths each day in the United States. The total number of traffic fatalities and the number of alcohol-related fatalities dropped each year between 2016 and 2019. In 2019, according to the NHTSA, there were a total of 36,096 traffic deaths on U.S. roads and 10,142 of them, 28%, were alcohol-related. Men are four times more likely than women to be in an alcohol-related crash, and young people between 21 and 24 years old are the most common age demographic. Any of these cases could lead to personal injury or wrongful death claims.

Drunk driving breakdown by state

The 2018 NHTSA drunk driving data indicated that the states with the highest number of alcohol-related crash deaths were Texas, California and Florida. These are states with high populations and many miles of roads. The states with the lowest number of alcohol-related crash deaths were Rhode Island, Vermont and North Dakota. When adjusted for population, the highest percentage of fatalities due to drunk driving were in Montana, Texas, Alaska and Connecticut.

DUI illegal in all 50 states

Alcohol impedes a person’s reaction time, judgment and other attributes, severely limiting their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. It is illegal to drive drunk in every U.S. jurisdiction. The legal limit for blood alcohol content in all 50 states is .08, above that and the driver may be guilty of driving under the influence.