Entries in Drunk Drivers (3)


CDC Statistics Show Self-Reported Drunk Driving Down

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A new study shows that while motorists have put the brakes on driving under the influence, it remains a serious problem in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports incidents of drunk driving have dropped 30 percent in the last five years.
In 2010, they were at the lowest level in nearly twenty years.
The findings are based on a national telephone survey of more than 200,000 adults.
The CDC says alcohol-impaired drivers are involved in about one in three crash deaths, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths in 2009. But that's down from 12,000 the previous year.
In an overwhelming majority of incidents, drivers had consumed at least four or five drinks in a short period of time. The biggest cuplrits -- young men aged 21 to 34, according to the report. While they make up just 11 percent of the U.S. population, they account for one-third of all drunk driving incidents.
Some say the decline is due to the economy. Instead of going to out to drink, people are staying home. It's cheaper and there's no need to hit the road afterward.

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CDC: 112 Million Incidents of Drunk Driving in 2010

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Drunk drivers got behind the wheel about 112 million times last year, amounting to nearly 300,000 incidents each day, according to a study released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After analyzing data from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, the CDC also found that 81 percent of people who drove while under the influence were men.  More specifically, men between the ages of 21 and 34 were responsible for 32 percent of the reported incidents in 2010.

"The four million adults who drink and drive each year put everyone on the road at risk," said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  "In fact, nearly 11,000 people are killed every year in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver."

To help prevent drinking and driving, the CDC recommends installing more sobriety checkpoints on the road and maintaining the minimum legal drinking age at 21.

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New Dashboard Sensors Can Stop Drunk Drivers

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Drunk driving takes a horrible toll on the highway. In 2009 drunk drivers killed more than 10,000 people, accounting for one-third of all highway deaths.

Now the government and auto industry are working together to develop technologies they hope can prevent a drunk driver from starting a vehicle.

The new technologies are built right into the car and are invisible to the driver. They can include a breath analyzer that can sense alcohol on a driver's breath, or touch sensors on the car's starter button that can detect alcohol levels through the skin.

The technology's precision and speed is still being fine-tuned in a Boston lab, but engineers say it will be tested in cars later this year.

"It's actually very exciting, it's extremely promising...I view this as the seat belt for our generation, it has the ability to save lives," said test engineer Bud Zaouk. "Not everyone is on board. The restaurant industry worries even one drink with dinner and the car won't start."

Sarah Longwell of the American Beverage Institute argues the technology targets the wrong people.

"Nobody wants there to be drunk drivers out on the highways, but we have to target drunk drivers, not all Americans."

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