April 25, 2019
Drunk driving is a serious charge that most people find irresponsible and indefensible. It is a highly dangerous act that often results in the destruction of property, injury, or loss of life. That is why law enforcement, the court system, and the public take drunk driving so seriously and are often unforgiving in their judgment.
Of course, drunk driving is not restricted to any particular age group, but there are some demographics that get into more drunk driving accidents than others. The good news is that accidents involving drunk driving have been steadily declining over the years. This suggests that the messaging about the dangers of drunk driving is getting through to people. Also, the fact that law enforcement is cracking down on drunk drivers more than ever.
Percentage of Fatal Accidents of Alcohol-Impaired Drivers By Age Group
The statistics as of 2017 are as follows:
16 to 20-year-olds – 15%
21 to 24-year-olds – 27%
25 to 34-year-olds – 26%
35 to 44-year-olds – 23%
45 to 54-year-olds – 19%
55 to 64-year-olds – 15%
65 to 74-year-olds – 9%
74 and over – 6%
As you can see, it is the 21 to 34-year-old demographic that is responsible for the most drunk-driving deaths. However, there is some positive news to be taken from these statistics because the numbers for the groups with the highest rate of fatal accidents have been falling steadily throughout the years. For 16 to 20-year-olds, the number has dropped by 2%; among 21 to 24-year-olds, the number has fallen by 7 percent; among 25 to 34-year-olds, it has fallen by 5 percent; the number has fallen by 2% among 35 to 44-year-olds.
It should also be noted that men are far more likely to be involved in fatal-and non-fatal- drunk driving accidents than women. While any drunk driving fatality is too many, the fact that they keep dropping year over year is an encouraging sign. Fortunately, it is a trend that seems likely to continue.