The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration has found that alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities declined by 2.5 percent in 2011 (Table 3), accounting for 31 percent of overall fatalities. The number of Tennessee deaths caused by drunk drivers is not yet available.
An alcohol-impaired-driving fatality is defined as a fatality in a crash involving a driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or greater. The number of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes declined for most vehicle types with the largest decline among drivers of large trucks (16%) and vans (9.8%). Fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired motorcycle operators increased by 8.6 percent—the only category of drivers by vehicle type with an increase in alcohol impaired crash involvement.
The total death on our nation’s highways were 32,367, and 9878 of those deaths were found to be related to people impaired with alcohol.
Use your head – don’t drink and drive. If you plan on drinking, select a designated driver. The life you save may be your own.