Drinking and Driving: Understanding the Fatality Numbers

Drinking and driving: A bad mix

The dangers of drinking and driving have long been drilled into drivers. The evils of alcohol has been evident even in movies for many years. Who can forget a drunk “unborn” George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) driving his old jalopy into the “oldest tree in Pottersville” in It’s a Wonderful Life?
In 2018, of the 17,168 traffic fatalities in the United States, 65 percent or 11,109 were related to alcohol, according to the federal Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
The states and areas with the highest percentages of traffic-related deaths with a connection to alcohol include: Washington D.C., 100 percent; New Hampshire, 94 percent; Massachusetts and Oklahoma, each 91 percent; Vermont, 89 percent; and Colorado, Minnesota, South Dakota, and West Virginia, each 88 percent. California was right at the nation at average at 65 percent with 896 of its 1,369 traffic deaths in 2018 connected to alcohol. The states with the lowest rates of alcohol-related traffic deaths were: Indiana at 26 percent; Kansas at 31 percent; Wyoming at 40 percent; and Tennessee and Mississippi at 47 percent. By shear number, California had the highest number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the country with 896 in 2018.
Based on daytime observational surveys conducted by the states, the nationwide rate of seat belt use among front seat passenger vehicle occupants in 2018 was 90 percent. The state with the highest observed seat belt use for front seat occupants was Hawaii, at 98 percent, while the lowest was New Hampshire at 76 percent.The message is clear and has been from the time of George Bailey and It’s A Wonderful Life: Don’t Drink and Drive.
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