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How Many People Die From Drunk Driving In America? Plus Over 13 Drunk Driving Statistics For 2022!

Written By Licensed Agent Sa ElJanuary 19, 2022

Drunk drivers kill over 15,000 people each year in the United States. If you consider that more than 32 million individuals drive uninsured in the United States and that 90% of motorists intend to use their phones while driving, it's easy to see why many people would avoid driving. In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of the statistics surrounding drunk driving accidents and deaths in the United States. Keep reading to learn more!

Top Drunk Driving Statistics:  

  • Every year, more than 15,000 people are killed as a result of drunk driving.
  • Every day, an average of 30 individuals die in drunk driving incidents.
  • Someone is killed in a drunk driving accident every 50 minutes.
  • The age group with the greatest proportion of drunk drivers is 21-24 years old.
  • In the U.S., 25% of traffic-related deaths are caused by driving under the influence (DUI).
  • There were 1 million DUI convictions in the United States among driving-related offenses.
  • Every two minutes, someone is hurt in a drunk driving accident.
  • Your car insurance rates may rise by 67% as a result of a DUI conviction In America.

Number Of Drunk Driving Deaths Per Year

How Many People Die From Drunk Driving Each Year?


More than 15,000 people are killed by drunk drivers in the United States each year.

How Many People Are Killed By Drunk Drivers Each Day?


Every day, on average, 30 people die in drunk driving incidents.

How Often Is Someone Killed In The US By A Drunk Driver?


Someone is killed in the United States by a drunk driver every 50 minutes.

What Percentage Of Highway Deaths Are Alcohol Related? 


According to the CDC, 25% of traffic-related fatalities are alcohol-related.

How Many Alcohol Related Driving Fatalities Occur During Holidays? 


From 2010 to 2018, more than 6,000 fatal crashes in the United States were caused by drunk drivers, or 667 per year on average. More than 6,700 people have been killed in these holiday collisions during the same time period.=

Which States Have The Highest DUI Fatalities?


Texas has the highest number of DUI Fatalities at 1,439, followed by California (1,069), Florida (814), North Carolina (421), and Georgia (375). However, the state of California did see almost a 7% decrease in DUI fatalities from the prior year.

Which States Have The Lowest DUI Automobile Fatalities?


Vermont has the lowest number of DUI Fatalities at just 15, followed by Rhode Island (20), Delaware (28), Alaska (29), and North Dakota(29). However, the state of Rhode Island did saw almost a 42% decrease in DUI fatalities from the prior year.

DUI Automobile Fatalities By State


STATE

DUI FATALATIES

Alabama

246

Alaska

29

Arizona

285

Arkansas

134

California

1069

Colorado

188

Connecticut

115

Delaware

28

Florida

814

Georgia

375

Hawaii

35

Idaho

58

Illinois

309

Indiana

227

Iowa

85

Kansas

88

Kentucky

137

Louisiana

216

Maine

42

Maryland

122

Massachusetts

120

Michigan

267

Minnesota

105

Mississippi

163

Missouri

240

Montana

79

Nebraska

66

Nevada

87

New Hampshire

48

New Jersey

125

New Mexico

108

New York

307

North Carolina

421

North Dakota

29

Ohio

294

Oklahoma

145

Oregon

153

Pennsylvania

334

Rhode Island

20

South Carolina

291

South Dakota

45

Tennessee

243

Texas

1439

Utah

61

Vermont

15

Virginia

240

Washington

166

West Virginia

57

Wisconsin

199

Wyoming

34

U.S. Drunk Driving Injury Statistics

How Often Does A Drunk Driving Crash Happen?


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

How Many People Get Injured Per Year By Drunk Driving?


Every year, over 300,000 individuals are injured as a result of drunk driving.

Drunk Driving & DUI Arrest Statistics

How Many People Get Arrested For Driving Under The Influence?


An estimated 1 million Americans are arrested for driving while intoxicated.

How does a DUI violation affect your car insurance premiums?


A DUI conviction may result in an insurance rate increase of 67 percent on average.

Does Life Insurance Cover Alcohol Related Deaths?


Yes, alcohol-related deaths are covered by life insurance. However, if your policy has a clause excluding incidents linked to alcohol, that's somewhat different. As a result, if you have the provision on your insurance that states deaths connected to alcohol aren't covered (and you would know this before purchasing the coverage) and die while intoxicated for any reason, your claim will be denied under this limitation.

Number Of DUI Arrests By State


STATE

DUI ARRESTS

Alabama

6,391

Alaska

3,148

Arizona

19,200

Arkansas

5,761

California

127,250

Colorado

20,353

Connecticut

7,484

Delaware

427

Florida

32,127

Georgia

23,449

Hawaii

4,288

Idaho

5,689

Illinois

2,825

Indiana

11,890

Iowa

10,082

Kansas

4,554

Kentucky

14,812

Louisiana

5,650

Maine

5,811

Maryland

18,150

Massachusetts

8,280

Michigan

26,130

Minnesota

20,186

Mississippi

5,370

Missouri

11,874

Montana

3,794

Nebraska

4,630

Nevada

10,984

New Hampshire

5,053

New Jersey

17,230

New Mexico

6,464

New York

25,094

North Carolina

27,915

North Dakota

5,136

Ohio

13,723

Oklahoma

8,660

Oregon

13,707

Pennsylvania

43,798

Rhode Island

2,423

South Carolina

15,188

South Dakota

5,891

Tennessee

19,108

Texas

69,643

Utah

7,119

Vermont

2,576

Virginia

20,885

Washington

27,632

West Virginia

3,141

Wisconsin

24,368

Wyoming

3,432

Drunk Driving Statistics By Age, Gender, & Demographics

Who Drives Drunk More Often, Men Or Women?


Males are still more likely to drink and drive, but women are swiftly closing the gap.

What Is The Average Age Of Drunk Drivers?  


The average age of drunk drivers is typically 21 to 24 years old.

Concluding Thoughts

Taking Action


It’s not just the number of drunk driving deaths per year that are concerning, but also how often these accidents occur. These statistics show us that if you or someone in your family drinks and drives, there is a possibility they could be involved in an accident.

Make sure you have adequate car insurance to protect yourself from any financial loss should something happen while operating your vehicle under the influence. Along with texting and driving, driving drunk is extremely dangerous and 100% avoidable.

Hopefully these drunk driving statistics and facts will make you more mindful before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle drunk.

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