In 2012, there were a total of 211 drunk driving fatalities.  Of these, 25 involved underage drinking.  These figures were provided by the Century Council, an industry group of distillers promoting drunk driving awareness and prevention.  On a positive note, the overall figure represents a 36% decline in fatalities as compared with 2002 (10 years prior).  Notably, almost all fatalities (86%) involved drunk drivers with very high BAC readings (0.15 or above).  Most repeat offenders had high BAC readings as well.  

While these figures are somewhat encouraging, it remains clear that repeat DUI offenders tend to cause the highest number of fatalities, while showing the highest levels of blood alcohol.  Drunk driving continues to be a threat to other motorists.  .

Andrew Thomas
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