August 22, 2012

Most Drunk Driving Deaths Caused By Drivers With Twice Legal BAC Limit

In conjunction with its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new research this week that shows that in 2010, more than two-thirds of the 10,228 drunk driving deaths (70 percent) involved drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher. The most frequently recorded BAC among all drinking drivers in 2010 fatal crashes was .18, more than twice the legal limit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in one alcohol-related death every 51 minutes. To combat this, Congress approved a $20 million incentive program in July that will award states extra money if they require drivers convicted of drunk driving to have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. To date, 17 states have enacted these laws for first time offenders.

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