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Drunk driving statistics

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2022 | Drunk Driving

Most residents of Florida are conscientious while driving. However, there are others who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol and put everyone in danger.

Not everyone is over the legal limit while driving drunk

Although the legal blood alcohol concentration for adult drivers is 0.08%, many people can be charged with drunk driving even when under that amount because of factors such as weight, age, speed of drinking and whether food was consumed can all impact how quickly they can become intoxicated and incapable of driving. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 2,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents with drivers whose BAC was under the legal limit.

When DUI fatalities occur most often

Most drunk driving accidents occur in the summer. Saturdays in August are considered the deadliest times for drunk driving and account for the largest amount of DUI fatalities throughout the year. Holidays also see more drunk driving accidents: New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day are considered the worst in terms of the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads.

Those most likely to drive drunk

People in the age range of 21 to 24 are the most likely to get behind the wheel when under the influence of alcohol and die as a result. Drivers between 25 and 34 years of age are the second most likely to drive drunk and get into a fatal car crash. These age groups account for 27% and 25% of all fatal DUI accidents while drivers 35 to 44 make up the third highest group at 21%. Surprisingly, younger drivers between 16 and 20 make up only 15% of DUI-related accidents.

Drunk driving impacts many lives each year. It’s never worth the risk; if you drink, the best thing to do is find an alternative way home.