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Statistics on Drunk Driving Accidents in New York

Statistics on Drunk Driving Accidents in New YorkThe best way to understand the prevalence and seriousness of the drunk driving problem in the United States is to consider some of the startling statistics on drunk driving accidents.

  • In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence across the U.S.
  • In 2011, 211 children were fatally injured in drunk driving collisions – 131 of them were riding with the drunk driver.
  • Each day there are, on average, 300,000 instances of drunk driving across the nation.
  • Each day, 27 people are killed, on average, in a drunk driving collision.
  • Someone is injured in an alcohol-related collision every 90 seconds.
  • One in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash during their lifetime.
  • In 2011, 9,878 people died in a drunk driving crash.
  • One in three people convicted of DUI are repeat offenders.

Statistics involving teenage and young adult drivers and alcohol-related crashes are even more disturbing.

  • The rates for driving under the influence of alcohol are highest in the 21- to 25-year-old age group (23.4 percent), followed by the 18- to 21-year-old age group (15.1 percent).
  • Those who begin drinking at a young age are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. One in three car crashes involving teenagers is an alcohol-related crash.
  • Teen alcohol use kills about 5,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.

New York Drunk Driving by the Numbers

Every state in the U.S. continues to battle drunk driving, including New York. By comparison, New York fares slightly better than the national average with regard to the percentage of deaths attributable to alcohol-related collisions.

Statistics on Drunk Driving Accidents in New York:

  • In 2011, there were 8,461 alcohol-related crashes throughout the State of New York.
  • 1,126 (13.3 percent) of those crashes occurred within the jurisdiction of the New York City Police Department.
  • 330 people were killed across the state in 2011 as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • 61 drunk driving fatalities occurred in New York City in 2011.
  • 4,298 people were injured in New York drunk driving accidents in 2011.
  • Over half of all alcohol-related fatalities were people between the ages of 18-34.
  • There were 38 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities involving people under the age of 21 in 2011.
  • 70 percent of all fatalities involved a driver with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of over 0.15 percent.
  • Over 35,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence in New York State in 2011.

If You Were Hurt by a Drunk Driver in New York, Our Lawyers Can Help

Despite a significant decrease in the number of deaths attributable to drunk driving over the last several decades, drunk driving continues to be a major concern for everyone on the road. A single moment of negligence caused by intoxication can forever change the lives of a carload of people.

If you have been injured as a result of a New York DUI accident, you could be entitled to compensation. The New York car accident attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., represent victims of car accidents that involved drunk driving. For a free initial evaluation of your case, contact the firm today by calling 212-279-2000 or by filling out our online contact form. The aftermath of a car accident can be a challenging time for a victim, which is why you need an experienced attorney by your side.


  • NHTSA – Traffic Safety Performance Measures For New York
  • Century Council – New York 2011 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data
  • MADD – Statistics

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