We Need “YOU” to Make the Crackdown Count: August 17 to September 3, 2012


It lasts only two and a half weeks in summer. Yet the impact of the national crackdown on impaired driving extends far beyond Labor Day. Research shows high-visibility enforcement works. Stepping up enforcement will get more impaired drivers off the street and that adds up to more lives saved. Are you willing to make the crackdown count in your community?


Print» The .08 BAC threshold – All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have established a threshold making it illegal per se to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

» Crossing the threshold – In spite of these laws, nearly 12,000 people nationwide during 2008 were killed in crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher.

» Repeat offenders – A driver involved in a fatal crash who had a BAC of .08 or higher was 8 times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving impaired than a driver involved in fatal crash who had consumed no alcohol.

» Impaired drivers and vehicles – The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 or higher involved in fatal crashes was highest for motorcycle riders (29%), compared with drivers of light trucks (23%) and passenger cars (23%).

» Impaired drivers and age – The highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who had BACs of .08 or higher was for drivers 21 to 24 years old (34%), followed by drivers 25 to 34 (31%) and 35 to 44 (25%).

» High-risk periods – Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was 4 times higher at night than during the day (36% versus 9%); and 32 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, compared to 15 percent during the week.

» A serious crime – Alcohol-impaired (.08 BAC or higher) crash fatalities accounted for 32 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities during 2008 – or an average of one fatality every 45 minutes.