Facts About Arrests Legal Statistics & Facts

Approximately 1.5 million drivers were arrested in 1999 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 121 licensed drivers in the United States (2000 data not yet available).
[NHTSA, NCSA 2000 ]


In 2000, about 1,400 fatalities occurred in crashes involving 1,260 alcohol-impaired or intoxicated drivers who had at least one previous DUI or DWI conviction - about 8.5 percent of all alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
[NHTSA, NCSA 2000]

Among the 5.3 million convicted offenders under the jurisdiction of corrections agencies in 1996, nearly 2 million, or about 36 percent, were estimated to have been drinking at the time of the offense.
[Greenfield, 1998]

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 40 percent of persons convicted of homicide and 25 percent of victims had been drinking at the time of the event.
[Hingson et al, October 2001]

One arrest is made for driving under the influence for every 772 episodes of driving within two hours of drinking and for every 88 episodes of driving over the legal limit in the U.S.
[Zador et al 1995]

Facts About Repeat Offenders Facts About Repeat Offenders

The risk of a driver who has one or more DUI or DWI convictions becoming involved in a fatal crash is about 1.4 times the risk of a driver with no DUI or DWI conviction.
[NHTSA, 2002]

Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) suggest that only a few percent of fatal crashes involve drivers who have recent convictions of DUI or DWI, and studies in California have found that only 8 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more DUI or DWI offenses on their driver records.  However, studies in Minnesota suggest a much higher percentage.
[NHTSA, 2001]

Drivers with prior convictions for driving while impaired by alcohol are over-represented among drivers in fatal crashes; drivers convicted of alcohol-impaired driving in the past three years are at least 1.8 times as likely to be in fatal crashes as drivers with no prior convictions during the same time period and are at least four times as likely to be in fatal crashes in which drivers have high BACs (0.10 or more).  However, it is important to note that 87 percent of drivers with high BACs in fatal crashes have no alcohol convictions during the previous three years.
[IIHS, November 2001]

About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol are repeat offenders.
[NHTSA, January 2001]

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