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- Impaired driving is the crime of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, including those prescribed by physicians.
- In the United States, approximately 30 people die every day from a crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. That’s one death every 51 minutes.1
- Annual costs for alcohol-related crashes in the United States exceed $39 billion.2
- In an average week in Oklahoma, approximately135 people are involved in alcohol-related crashes, resulting in approximately 6 deaths per week.3
- People in crashes involving an impaired driver are much more likely to be hospitalized or die than people in crashes without an impaired driver.4
- Drivers impaired by alcohol/drugs are much less likely to use safety equipment such as seat belts or helmets for motorcyclists.4
- Drugs other than alcohol (such as marijuana and cocaine) are involved in 18% of fatal motor vehicle crashes and often are used along with alcohol.4
- Choose a designated driver or make other arrangements for safe transportation if you plan to consume alcohol away from home.
- Do not drive if you are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs or ride with anyone who is. If your friend is impaired, take away his/her car keys.
- 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
- Oklahoma Highway Safety Office
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Injury Prevention Service, OSDH, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Revised April 2015
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