- In the United States, approximately 30 people die every day from a crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver and annual costs for alcohol-related crashes exceed $37 billion.1,2
- In Oklahoma, nearly 40% of people in crashes between midnight and 3 am were part of an impaired-person crash.
- In 2009, almost 10,000 people in Oklahoma were involved in an impaired-person crash.
- People in crashes involving an impaired person were much more likely to be hospitalized or die than people in crashes without an impaired person.
- People impaired by alcohol/drugs are much less likely to use safety equipment such as seatbelts or helmets for motorcyclists.
- In Oklahoma, typical hospital charges for persons in a crash involving an impaired person were over $6,000 more than those in crashes with no impaired person.
- Do not drive if impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
- Use a designated driver or make plans to use a cab if you plan to consume alcohol away from home.
- If starting a new medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it may affect your ability to drive.
- Parents and communities should work together to prevent underage drinking and make clear to young people the dangers and severe consequences of impaired driving.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Injury Prevention Service, OSDH, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Revised August 2012
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