Are you driving safe?
- About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
- The rate of alcohol involvement in fatal crashes is more than 3 times as high at night as during the day (60 percent vs. 18 percent).
- Among those killed or injured in these crashes, nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries included cell phone use as the major distraction.
- When asked whether driving feels safer, less safe, or about the same as it did five years ago, more than 1 in 3 drivers say driving feels less safe today.
- Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash.
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
Teen Driving Statistics
Is your teen distracted on the road?
- Beer is the drink of choice in most cases of heavy drinking, binge drinking, drunk driving and underage drinking.
- 52% of U.S. drivers ages 18-29 reported texting while driving at least once in the last 30 days, and more than a quarter report
texting “regularly” while driving.
- Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
- Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens, taking about 3,000 young lives every year.
- Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drug deaths combined.
- Leading experts agree that parents who get involved with their teen’s driving can help prevent a tragic crash.
Tips To Consider
- To those drivers under 25 years old: Act wiser when it comes to drinking and driving because you could become a deadly statistic.
- Parents: Try to spend at least 35 hours practicing your teen’s driving skills over a 6 month period before they’re on
the road alone.
- To those drivers over 25: Be as cautious a driver as you were when you first started (and hopefully smarter).
No matter how long you’ve been driving, an accident can happen to anyone!
- Parents and teens: Think twice before answering a text while driving. Accidents happen in mere seconds, so think twice before
you pick up the phone.
- Having quick reactions won’t always prevent you from having an accident. Spotting and responding to problems ahead of
time will. Drive safely wisely.