The number of drunk driving fatalities in Florida decreased in the past several years, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
There were 5,125 alcohol-involved crashes in Florida in 2017 (latest data available). Of those, there were 350 drunk driving fatalities compared to 417 in 2016. a 16% decrease.
Not unexpectedly, the largest number of drunk driving fatalities were in the 25-29 age group with the 55-59 age group coming in second with 26 fatalities in 2017. Unfortunately, drunk driving is still the top cause of fatal traffic accidents in Florida, at 26%, so there is still work to be done to bring those numbers down.
To add to our challenges, many drivers are impaired not by alcohol but by drugs, including marijuana or opiod abuse which is out of control in the U.S. Distracted driving, largely due to using cell phones while driving is still another problem but is not part of our foundation’s mission.