According to a 2017 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,150 fatalities due to drunk driving car accidents in Missouri between 2012 and 2016. There were 235 fatalities in 2016 alone. But what percent of accidents are caused by drunk driving? It may shock you to learn that the NHTSA estimates that 30 percent of all fatal traffic accidents involve alcohol. Other statistics also show that one in three people in the United States will be involved in an alcohol-related car accident at some point in their life.
The same report showed that in the past 60 days from when the report was given, 7% of survey-takers reported having gotten behind the wheel within 2 hours of drinking alcoholic beverages. 30% of those surveyed claimed that they believed the chances of them getting arrested for drinking and driving was "rare." Another 30% believe that they will only be arrested "half of the time."
WHO IS MOST AT-RISK?
According to national statistics, young people and riders of motorcycles tend to be the most at risk for injuries and / or death caused by an intoxicated driver on the road. It must be remembered, however, that all drivers are at risk when on the road with another vehicle operator who shows signs of impairment, especially if the impairment was caused by intoxication form alcohol. Any blood alcohol content over the legal limit can cause accidents and account for injuries and fatalities.