State Estimates of Drunk and Drugged Driving

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 16, 2011

National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report, December 2010: “Recognizing the dangers associated with driving under the influence of drugs, the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, developed by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, identified the prevention of drugged driving as a national priority. In addition, a major component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) strategic initiative to reduce underage drinking and adult problem drinking is to reduce negative consequences, such as injuries resulting from impaired driving.”

  • Combined 2006 to 2009 data indicate that 13.2 percent of persons aged 16 or older (an estimated 30.6 million persons) drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year and 4.3 percent (an estimated 10.1 million persons) drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the same time period

  • The rates of past year drunk driving were among the highest in Wisconsin (23.7 percent) and North Dakota (22.4 percent); the rates of drugged driving were among the highest in Rhode Island (7.8 percent) and Vermont (6.6 percent)
  • When combined 2002 to 2005 data are compared with combined 2006 to 2009 data, the Nation as a whole experienced statistically significant reductions in the rates of drunk driving (from 14.6 to 13.2 percent) and drugged driving (from 4.8 to 4.3 percent); 12 States saw reductions in drunk driving rates, and 7 saw reductions in drugged driving rates.’

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