Safe and Sober Campaign
Facts and Statistics
- Fatal crashes cost society $150 billion every year.
- Approximately one million people are injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes annually.
- Alcohol involvement is the single greatest factor in motor vehicle deaths and injuries. While about 5 percent of all crashes involve the use of alcohol, 38 percent of fatal crashes do.
- Anti-impaired driving efforts work.
- Many states now are lowering the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) defining impaired driving from .10 percent to .08 percent.
- A BAC as low as .02 percent has been shown to affect driving ability and crash probability.
- The probability of a crash increases significantly at a BAC of .05 percent and even more rapidly at .08 percent.
- Among drivers with BACs above .15 percent on weekend nights, the probability of death in a single-vehicle crash is more than 380 times higher than it is for nondrinking drivers.
Help Yourself and Your Community
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) offers the following suggestions to help fight impaired driving:
- Your best defense against a drunk driver is to wear your safety belt and be sure children are properly secured in child safety seats.
- Be a responsible host. Serve food and have non-alcoholic drinks available. Don't let your guests drive after drinking alcohol and never serve alcohol to someone under the age of 21.
- Write letters to the editor of local newspapers expressing your concern over drunk driving and underage drinking in your community.
- Never ride in a car operated by someone who has been drinking.
- Support measures to strengthen drunk driving laws by contacting elected officials.
- Report drunk drivers immediately to area law enforcement from a car phone or pay phone with the license plate number, description of the vehicle, and the direction in which it was traveling.
- Keep a safe distance from anyone driving erratically and do not try to intervene yourself.
If you or someone you love becomes the victim of a drunk driving crash, call (800) 438-6233 for victim assistance and support.