10 Sobering Facts – Combating Drinking and Driving

    1. “Between 60% and 80% of drivers with suspended licenses continue to drive.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    2. “The social implications from this study are that this high-risk population cannot be relied upon to make appropriate judgments to abstain from driving when legally intoxicated.” AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
    3. Other studies have confirmed that up to 75% of those with suspended licenses drive illegally (Waller 1985; Hagen, McConnell and Williams 1980; Sadler and Perrine 1984; Peck et al. 1985, Ross and Gonzales 1988)

10 Sobering Facts About Drinking And Driving

  1. “Obviously a person without a valid license can drive simply by using the ignition key to an operational vehicle. It is more difficult to drink and drive with an Interlock than with a suspended or revoked license; operating the Interlock-vehicle legally or with an illegal bypass takes extra effort as compared to simply driving any vehicle without a license.” AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  2. “14% of all intoxicated drivers in fatal crashes have a current suspended or revoked license.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  3. “There is clear evidence that the ignition interlock device, installed in the offender’s vehicle, is substantially more effective than license suspension in deterring DUI recidivism. It also appears that the overall reduction in recidivism realized by interlock use is enhanced by not only immediate, but increased duration of installation – a sanction effect not observed for license suspension.” NIAAA Final Report
  4. “Half of all convicted drunken drivers who lose licenses don’t reapply when they become eligible.” National Public Service Research Institute
  5. “About 2 in every 5 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  6. “Drunken drivers drive drunk 200 to 2,000 times before they get arrested.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  7. “These results seem to indicate that if you provide these more serious DUI offenders with a legal way to drive (e.g. sober and only in a vehicle with operational Interlock), most will obey the law, thus protecting the public safety and themselves. In contrast, under license suspension, many or most of the same types of serious DUI offenders (with no legal way to drive) will continue to drive and frequently will do so intoxicated.” AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety