Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a significant problem in our society, leading to thousands of deaths every year. The following DUI & drunk driving statistics will give you a better understanding of the scope of the problem.
1. Driving deaths have risen more than 30% in Colorado and Washington since these states legalized recreational marijuana use, and the number of vehicle accidents in these states is rising faster than the rest of the nation, suggesting more people driving high is leading to a lot more accidents. (Berenson, 5-6-2019)
2.. Between 2006 and 2016, the share of fatally injured drivers who tested positive for drugs rose from 28% to 44%. (Calvert, 12-9-2019)
3. Nine-percent of drivers admit to driving drunk within the last month. The scary part is, people tend to grossly under-report such things in surveys
4. Drunk drivers are responsible for around 32% of all traffic fatalities
5. Half of all motor vehicle fatalities among 15 to 24 year-olds involve alcohol. (Jersild 2001)