Drunk driving is a common cause of driving accidents. In 2013 alone, over 10,000 people died after a crash where at least one driver had a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 percent. That means that roughly one-third of traffic fatalities that occur involve alcohol.
According to a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a staggering 121 million drunk driving occurrences happen every year. Roughly 1.8 percent of drivers drove while drunk in the month prior to the study—about 4.2 million people.
The CDC survey spoke with people from across the United States. They asked how many times the person surveyed had driven after they had “perhaps too much to drink.”
The CDC made the following findings based on the results of the survey.
1. Regional Drunk Driving
Even though drunk driving is a national phenomenon, there are significant regional differences. For example, did you know that the highest state for drunk-driving accidents is Hawaii? Hawaii has 995 drunk-driving occurrences per 1,000 people every year. At the other end of the spectrum, Utah has only 217 occurrences per 1,000 people.
Another finding is that people in the Midwest are more likely to drive while intoxicated. Nebraska’s rate was 955 per 1,000 and North Dakota had 855 per 1,000 people.
Florida is on the much lower end—with 539 incidents per 1,000 people. Alabama has 539 as well while Georgia has 491 per 1,000.
2. Age and Gender
Men are more likely to drive drunk than women. In fact, men took responsibility for four out of five of drunk driving incidents. Those between the ages of 21 and 34 were also more likely than any other age group to drive drunk. Men between 21 and 34 only make up 11 percent of the population, but they account for nearly one-third of all drunk-driving occurrences.
3. Other Risky Behaviors
The survey also found that those who drive drunk are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seat belt. Those who do not wear their seatbelts consistently are three times as likely to drive drunk compared to those who wear their seatbelts every time. In addition, approximately 85 percent of those who drive drunk will also binge drink.
Florida Drunk Driving Statistics
MADD reports that there were 676 drunk-driving fatalities in the most recent year that data is available. That means that drunk driving is involved in 28.1 percent of all traffic deaths in Florida. Fortunately, this is a 4.7 percent decrease from data obtained in the prior year.
There were also 40,677 DUI arrests and 26,291 DUI convictions. In total, there are 113,076 3-time offenders and 11,681 5-time offenders (as of 2012).
Other Fast DUI Facts
- Most DUI-related deaths occur on either Friday or Saturday between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
- Someone is injured in a DUI-related car accident nearly every 90 seconds.
- An average of 28 people die every day because of drunk-driving incidents.
- Drunk-driving occurrences are highest among those between 21 and 25 years old (23.4 percent).
- At all levels of blood alcohol content, accidents are more likely to occur if they involve younger drivers.
Consequences of Driving Drunk in Florida
In Florida, if you have a blood alcohol content of over 0.08, a breath alcohol level of 0.08, or your faculties are impaired, then you may be arrested for a DUI.
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There are both civil and criminal liability issues if your impaired driving causes an accident. Criminally, there are several types of punishments available:
- Fines between $500 and $1,000 plus court costs (increased with higher BAC)
- Community service
- DUI school
- Jail time
- Vehicle impoundment
A DUI charge is not to be taken lightly. If you have been charged with a Jacksonville area DUI, call the Drunk Driving Attorneys in Florida at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton as soon as possible.
We can help minimize the impact of your charge so you can move on with your life. Call (904)-398-2212 today.