Drinking while driving โ€“ Laws and Facts

We all know that drinking alcohol during driving is considered as a serious offence. Still, thousands of people are caught every year for breaking the law. DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol can turn out to be highly dangerous not only for the driver, but also for the rest of the people on the road. Every year, thousands of people are killed in road accidents, and impaired driving is the main reason behind it. Without any doubt, laws associated with DWI or driving while intoxicated is quite harsh in most of the states. Nevertheless, we should stay away from such indecent acts from the moral point of view as well. In order to make you more aware of the ongoing situation, we have tried to jot down some depressing and alarming facts related to DWI and its casualties.


  • In the year 2006 there were around 18,000 driving casualties related to driving under the influence of alcohol. This was around 41% of the entire 43,000 casualties.
  • Around 50 percent of all holiday driving casualties are related to alcohol.
  • You would be shocked to know that most of the people with DWIs are not alcoholics. It means most of them are first time offenders.
  • Consumption of beer is responsible for about 80 percent of casualties related to alcohol.
  • About 30 percent of the US citizens are involved in road accidents (due to alcohol) sometime during their life span.
  • In the year 2004, it was found that all deadly crashes happening due to driving under the influence of alcohol was 30% during the weekdays, compared to 51% on weekends.
  • During the year 2007, nearly 13,000 US citizens lost their lives due to alcohol impaired driving.
  • People belong to the age group 18-20 year are accountable for more than 10% of the drunken driving cases in America.
  • Apart from likely jail time and fines, a DWI conviction can bring your insurance policy to an immediate cancellation and rates can also go higher. Most of the convicts are forced to apply for SR-22 insurance.


Drinking while Driving Statistics

Below are some of the figures related to drinking while driving, which would definitely shock you:

  • Every year, the United States have to face a loss of $132 billion due to the cases of drunk driving.
  • Each and every day in America, around 28 people lose their life due to drunk driving crashes.
  • In the year 2010, around 10,000 people lost their life in drunk driving accidents, which means one person died in every 52 minutes! If we talk about the figures related to people injured in such crashes, it would be around 345,000.
  • In the US, a person is wounded in DWI crashes in every 90 seconds.
  • DWI costs each adult living in the US almost 500 US dollars per year.
  • 50 %to 75% of DWI offenders drive even after their license is suspended.
  • Thankfully, the inception of MADD led to the slowing down to death cases related to DWI crashes. MADD stands for Mother Against Drunk Driving.


Drinking or eating Laws during Driving

In many states, drinking or eating while driving is considered as an offense. For example, in California State if a person is caught eating or drinking, or even texting while driving, he/she will have to pay a fine of $90. This is for the 1st time offenders.



The effects of implementing such laws and inception of MADD have certainly been a positive one. There has been a significant drop in the number of cases related to road casualties.