DUI Numbers Hit New Low

Statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show a decline in DUI throughout the United States. In 2014, the latest year for which data was available, the rate of drunken driving hit a 13-year low. 11.1% of Americans 16 years and older told interviewers that they had driven under the influence of alcohol within the past year, compared to 15.3% in 2002.

Despite the decline in DUI, according to the NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol impaired motorists in 2015. Statistics also show that American drivers are on the road more than in previous years.

Young adults, especially men ages 21-25 had the highest rates of driving under the influence. More than 1 in 5 of these men drove under the influence of alcohol in 2014 and almost 1 in 7 drove under the influence of drugs. However, young adults have also seen the greatest reduction over the past 13 years, a drop of more than 10% for drivers 21-25 and a drop of more than half for drivers 16-20.

The CDC credits factors such as stronger DUI laws, public awareness campaigns and ignition interlock systems. The effect of ride sharing services is still in dispute.

Drunk driving rate falls to new low, federal data shows, www.washingtonpost.com, December 30, 2016

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