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DWI Statistics

It is estimated that every 30-minutes, someone in the United States is killed in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident, and every hour in the United States, approximately 67 people are injured in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident.  


Virginia is tough on drinking and drugging while driving, and their implementation of harsher fines, Virginia Defensive Driving Schools, Virginia Traffic School and general alcohol awareness programs has proven relatively successful.  According to reports from the NHTSA, drunk-driving fatalities had decreased from 51% in 1983 to 31% in 2006.  While it is encouraging to see that drivers were less-inclined to drive while intoxicated and cause fatal accidents, it is still disheartening to know that many people did not heed the warnings and that a DUI cost many lives.  


Teenagers, unfortunately, comprise a great deal of the motor vehicle fatalities in Virginia, despite Virginia’s ‘zero-tolerance’ stance on underage drinking. Nation-wide, it is noted that 1 teenager per hour is killed in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident.  In 2006, 46 teenagers were killed in Virginia in alcohol-related accidents, equating to almost 1 per week.  866 teenagers were injured in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in 2006.  970 teenager drivers were driving a vehicle that was involved in an alcohol-related accident in 2006.
Sadly, according to the Virginia DMV 2007 crash statistics, some increases in alcohol-related motor vehicle incidents were noted when compared to 2006:

  • 378 persons were killed in alcohol-related crashes, a 1.07 percent increase from 2006
  • 7,130 persons were injured in alcohol-related crashes, a 5.48 percent decrease from 2006
  • 30 teenagers, aged 15-19, were killed in alcohol-related crashes, 2.92 percent of the total (1,026) traffic fatalities
  • 759 teenagers, aged 15-19, were injured in alcohol-related crashes, 1.10 percent of the total (68,822) traffic injuries
  • 25,243 persons were tested with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or greater, a 1.27 percent increase from 2006
  • The average BAC of tested drinking drivers was .1407
  • 28,787 persons were convicted of DUI, a 2.73 percent decrease from 2006

 

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