DUI dangers in the US

A new report highlights DUI dangers in the US.
Highway & Network Management / September 27, 2022 1 minute Read
By MJ Woof
The US has a growing issue with DUI, which is a factor in a high percentage of road crashes – image © courtesy of Mike Woof
The US has a growing issue with DUI, which is a factor in a high percentage of road crashes – image © courtesy of Mike Woof

A new report highlights the role that driving under the influence (DUI) plays in the high number of traffic fatalities in the US. This shows that US road fatalities have increased 15% and worryingly, a high percentage include the use of alcohol by drivers.

The US has an ongoing problem with regard to road safety, with the rate of crashes, serious injuries and fatalities having increased since the start of the global pandemic. Even as the total distances travelled dropped during the lockdown period, casualty rates increased. This trend has continued as the impact of the pandemic has eased. The issue is of serious concern considering that the US has a poor record on road safety when compared with most other developed countries. The US has around four times the number of road deaths/head of population of the UK for example.

According to the report, alcohol was a factor in 35% of fatal road crashes in the US. The report has been compiled by insurance firm QuoteWizard, using the NHTSA Alcohol Data - 2020 Data: Alcohol-Impaired Driving (dot.gov), as well as the FBI Uniform Crime Report - CDE :: Arrest (cloud.gov).

The data shows that 20% of crashes involved someone severely impaired and that 33 DUI arrests were made per 10k registered drivers, while fatal crashes are up 18% across the US since 2020. Of concern too is that the report also highlighted that DUI citations have dropped 32% across the since 2010.

The full report on DUIs and fatal crashes involving alcohol is available using the link:

https://quotewizard.com/auto-insurance/how-long-does-a-dui-stay-on-your-record#states
 

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