With the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and CHP cracking down on drunk driving leading up to Labor Day, here are some important statistics provided by EDSO and CHP on drunk driving in the nation, state and El Dorado County.
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• Drunk driving kills about 10,000 people each year. In 2011, the latest recorded year, 9,878 people died from drunk driving, or about one fatality every 53 minutes.
• That year, 774 people died in DUI collisions in California.
• Labor Day 2011 saw one fatality due to DUI in El Dorado County.
• In 2011, drunk driving crashes with BACs over the .08 limit accounted for 31 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
• Labor day 2011 saw 138 people killed in crashes involving DUI over the legal limit, accounting for 36 percent for all motor vehicle traffic deaths during the holiday period.
• In 2011, 83 percent of the Labor Day drunk driving fatalities occurred at night. Overall, there are 4.5 times more drunk driving fatalities at night than during the day.
• Young drunk drivers made up 42 percent of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
• Overall, the highest percentage of DUI fatalities happen between midnight and 2:59 a.m., making up 65 percent of vehicle fatalities in that time slot.
• According to FBI statistics, there were about 1,412,223 DUI arrests in 2010, out of about 13.1 million total arrests, making it the fourth most common reason for arrest.