Safety Report on Eliminating Impaired Driving

 

On May 14, 2013, the 25th anniversary of our nation's deadliest drunk-driving crash, which killed 24 children and three adults in Carrollton, Ky., the NTSB's five-member board voted unanimously to issue bold recommendations to help the United States reach zero and eliminate alcohol-impaired driving.

Bold steps are needed: On average, every hour, one person dies in a crash involving a drunk driver and 20 more people are injured, including three with debilitating injuries. That adds up quickly to yearly totals of nearly 10,000 deaths, 27,000 lives forever altered and another 146,000 injured.

The safety report and recommendations culminate a year-long effort by the NTSB to thoroughly examine this problem and develop a set of targeted interventions. The recommendations include:

  • Reduce state BAC limits from 0.08 to 0.05 or lower
  • Increase use of high-visibility enforcement
  • Develop and deploy in-vehicle detection technology
  • Require ignition interlocks for all offenders
  • Improve use of administrative license actions
  • Target and address repeat offenders
  • Reinforce use and effectiveness of DWI courts

Comments related to our work on substance-impaired driving may be submitted via email at ReachingZero@ntsb.gov. Sorry but we are not able to take comments over the phone.

2011 Fatalities Chart

2011 Fatalities (click for larger version)

Roadmap to Reaching Zero (click for larger version)

Map of Worldwide BAC limits

Map of Worldwide BAC limits (click for larger version)

Related Material

Special Investigation Report: Wrong-Way Driving (Dec. 11, 2012)

Forum: Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving (May 15, 2012)

Video message on eliminating substance-impaired driving (2:18)

NTSB Most Wanted List: Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving


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