Posted by: Drunken Driving Rates Down, but Still Too High in: ● October 27, 2011
Americans admit driving drunk about 112 million times in 2010, according to a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
That’s a 30 percent drop—a significant decline—from the peak of 161 million self-reported cases of alcohol-impaired driving recorded in 2006, according to the CDC.
But drinking and driving remains “a public health problem with far-reaching effects,” said Linda C. Degutis, director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. About 11,000 people die every year in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
“Drunk drivers, who have delayed reaction times and reflexes, put even the most responsible drivers and pedestrians in harm’s way,” she said.
The CDC report is based on the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a telephone survey of U.S. adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Respondents who reported drinking were asked, “During the past 30 days, how many times have you driven when you’ve had perhaps too much to drink?”
According to the survey:
Although drinking-and-driving incidents were down for 2010, alcohol consumption and binge drinking remained stable. People may be driving less and drinking at home to save money in a bad economy, according to the CDC.
Learn more about the dangers of drinking and driving here.