According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2018, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 29% of vehicle traffic fatalities.
• Between 1991 and 2018, the rate of drunk driving fatalities per 100,000
population has decreased 49% nationally, and 71% among those under 21.
• 36,560 people died in traffic crashes in 2018 in the United States (latest figures
available), including an estimated 10,511 people who were killed in drunk
driving crashes involving a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater).
• Among the people killed in these drunk driving crashes, 67% (7,051) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a BAC of .15 or higher.
To put the drunk driving fatalities into a context, the graphic on the upper left shows the number of American soldiers who were killed in VietNam during the years known as the “VietNam era.” Shown on the left image are the number of people killed on our highways during the same period of time due to drunk drivers.