Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day.
The four million adults who drink and drive each year put even the most responsible drivers and pedestrians at risk, says CDC. Nearly 11,000 people are killed every year in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
The study also found that:
- Men were responsible for 81% of drinking and driving in 2010;
- Young men, ages 21 to 34, made up only 11% of the U.S. population in 2010, yet were responsible for 32% of all episodes of drinking and driving;
- Eighty-five percent of drinking and driving episodes were reported by people who also reported binge driving. Binge driving means five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women during a short period of time
CDC asks employers to continue doing their part to control the problem by:
- Setting policies that immediately take away all work-related driving privileges for any employee cited for drinking and driving while using a company or personal vehicle for work purposes
- Using workplace health promotion programs to communicate the dangers of drinking and driving, including information directed to family members
For the full study report: www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/