Mother's Against Drunk Driving

General Drunk Driving
An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.

50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.

The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent).

Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.

On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 52 minutes - and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.

In the United States, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.

In 2012, 239 child passengers (under age 15) were killed in drunk driving crashes – representing 20 percent of all child traffic fatalities. Of those, more than half (52 percent) were passengers in a vehicle with the drunk driver.

Nature of alcohol impairment
Impairment is not determined by the type of drink, but rather by the amount of alcohol drunk over time.

A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which contain the same amount of alcohol.

The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour.

Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.

About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.

Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.