CDC Study Finds Drunk Driving Incidents Declining

By | October 18, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report last week indicating a dramatic decline in the number of drunk driving incidents, the lowest number since the CDC began its annual survey in 1993. The study estimated a 30% drop in drunken driving incidents in 2010, down to 112 million from 161 million in the peak year of 2006. The “self-reported” CDC statistics were based on a national telephone survey of about 210,000 U.S. adults. Nearly 1 in 50 said they had driven drunk at least once in the previous month, which equates to about 4 million citizens driving drunk in 2010. Young men ages 21 to 34 were the largest group, accounting for 32% of the drunk driving incidents. While there was no definitive reason given for the decline, the CDC research suggests that a likely cause is the current state of the U.S. economy. CDC director Thomas Frieden said that “One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and therefore driving less after drinking,” because it’s cheaper than going out to bars, night clubs and restaurants. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also noted the recent decline in drunk driving, but the agency released a statement to remind people that impaired driving “continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury on America’s roads, claiming a life every 48 minutes.” Go to for more information.

This information was provided to The Buckner Company by Lancer Insurance.

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