In 2012, there were 10,322 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the United States. That’s one death every 51 minutes. Of the 10,322 lives lost to drunk driving in 2012, 344 of them were killed in New York. 1,174 of the people who died in drunk driving accidents in 2012 were under the age of 21. 32 of them were killed in New York.
From 2010 to 2012, Long Island had 4,448 drunk driving car crashes. Of those crashes, 243 were fatal, cutting 258 lives devastatingly short. 3,520 people sustained injuries as a result of drunk driving car crashes.
Anytime that people are known to drink more heavily, the number of drunk driving accidents skyrockets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is about four times higher at night than during the day.” More than 30% of drivers who were involved in fatal crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, and in 2009, 43% of motorcyclists who died on the road had a BAC of at least .08. In 2012, nearly 2 out of 3 fatal crashes between midnight and 3am involved drunk drivers.
Holidays have even higher rates of drunk driving fatalities. On Labor Day Weekend in 2012, a drunk driver was involved in nearly 4 out of 10 fatal crashes. That’s an increase of almost 10% from the average number of drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents on non-holiday weekends. Each year, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates the number of traffic fatalities that occur on Labor Day Weekend. From 2004-2009, the average estimated Labor Day Weekend traffic fatalities was 471 people, and the actual number was 466, which indicates that their estimates are pretty accurate.
In 2011, there were 32,367 fatalities in car accidents nationwide, which breaks down to about 89 every day. There were 5,338,000 police-reported crashes, in which 2,217,000 people were injured—that’s about 6,073 people daily. The NSC estimated that on Labor Day weekend in 2011 there would be 400 traffic fatalities, and 38,800 people would be injured seriously enough that they’d need medical attention.
The Labor Day Weekend period is measured at 3.25 days in length—using the averages for the rest of the year, in 3.25 days, there would be approximately 289 fatalities and 19,737 injuries. By comparison, the estimated traffic fatalities on LDW 2011 was more than 25% higher than the national average, and the number of injuries was almost double the national average.
Between 2011 and 2012, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased by 4.6% in New York. However, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities among drivers under 21 declined by 13.5%. On Labor Day Weekend in 2012, 45% of traffic fatalities involved a driver who’d been drinking—7% had a BAC of .01-.07, and 38% had a BAC of .08+.
The national average of drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 people is 3.3 deaths. In 2012, New York had 1.8 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 people—well below the national average. The national average of under 21 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 people was 1.3 deaths. New York had 0.6 deaths per 100,000 people in under 21 drunk driving fatalities.
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