A study made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 70% of the drunk driving deaths were caused by drivers with blood alcohol content of .15 or higher.
The study is called “Prevalence of High BAC in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatal Crashes,” and it shows that from the total of 10,228 drunk driving deaths, 7,145 or 70% were caused by drivers with BAC of .15 or higher. In 2010 the most frequently recorded BAC in drunk driving accidents was .18, which is more than twice the legal limit. The data shows that there was a drunk driving death every 51 minutes.
The NHTSA drivers between 21 and 24 years old had the highest percentage of BAC .08 and that the accident occurring at night were four times more than those during the day. The report was made public during a press conference in Washington, D.C. called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The campaign is supported by 10,000 police departments in the US from August 17th until the Labor Day holiday weekend.
A $20 million incentive program will offer states extra money to require drivers with prior driving while impaired convictions to install in their vehicles ignition interlock devices.