- Male drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes are almost twice as likely as female drivers to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater (NHTSA 2006). It is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, or a 0.04 in a commercial vehicle requiring a commercial driver license.
- At all levels of blood alcohol concentration, the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people (Zador, et al. 2000). In 2005, 16% of drivers ages 16 to 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking alcohol (NHTSA 2006).
- Young men ages 18 to 20 (under the legal drinking age) reported driving while impaired more frequently than any other age group (Schults, et al. 2002, Quinlan, et al. 2005).
- Among motorcycle drivers killed in fatal crashes, 30% have BACs of 0.08 or greater (Paulozzi, et al, 2004).
- Nearly half of the alcohol-impaired motorcyclists killed each year are age 40 or older, and motorcyclists ages 40 to 44 have the highest percentage of fatalities with BACs of 0.08% or greater (Paulozzi, et al. 2004).