• Alcohol impaired driving is one of America’s most-often-committed and deadliest crimes.
  • In 2010, 32,885 people nationwide were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Alcohol-impaired driving accounted for 10,228 or 31 percent of the motor vehicle traffic fatalities. [Source: NHTSA]
  • In 2009, of the 10,839 alcohol-impaired fatalities, greater than 70% or 7,607, involved a hardcore offender. Hardcore offenders are persons with a BAC of .15 or greater, or with a prior DWI arrest. The estimated cost was $900,000 per fatality. [Source: NTSB]
  • Between 1982 and 2009, more than 251,000 people died in crashes involving hardcore drinking drivers. [Source: NTSB]
  • Repeat DWI offenders are over represented in fatal crashes, and have a greater relative risk to kill another person. [Source: NHTSA and NTSB]
  • During an average weekend night, about 1 percent of drivers have BACs of .15 or greater and about two-thirds of fatally injured drinking drivers have BACs of .15 or greater. [Source: NHTSA]
  • A driver with a .08 BAC in a fatal crash is 8 times more likely to have a prior DWI conviction than a person with no alcohol present. [Source: NHTSA]
  • Drivers at .15 BAC and above are at least 20 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a non-drinking driver. [Source: NHTSA]
  • It is estimated that half of all drivers arrested and half of those convicted of DWI have BACs of .15 or greater. [Source: NHTSA]
  • Hardcore impaired drivers are not impacted by the same general deterrence methods, such as public awareness campaigns, or only traditional sanctions such as incarceration.
  • Hardcore impaired drivers meet the clinical diagnosis of alcohol dependence and abuse.
  • Every state has passed .08 BAC as the illegal level to be able to drive after drinking. Many people would be impaired before reaching .08. 

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