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Driving While Intoxicated

Each year, thousands of lives are lost because of the poor choices of drunk drivers. The consumption of alcohol impairs a driver’s ability to perform critical driving maneuvers such as judging distances, evaluating speed, steering, visual recognition, braking, staying in the correct lane, and concentrating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of greater than .08, the legal limit. These deaths make up almost one third of all traffic fatalities from 2008.

That same year, Wisconsin ranked 21st out of the 50 states in terms of the number of total alcohol-impaired fatalities, meaning that the driver had a blood alcohol content level of greater than .08. Additional statistics shed light on the severity of the problem of driving under the influence of alcohol:

  • Almost three out of every ten people in the United States will, at some point in their lives, be involved in an alcohol-related crash.
  • One half to three-fourths of all drivers whose licenses have been suspended due to a drunk driving charge continue to drive after their license suspension.
  • 70 percent of all drinkers aged 19 and 20 engage in heavy drinking, and more than 90 percent of all drinks consumed by teenagers are consumed by teens who drink heavily.

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