While we’ve made great strides in fighting drunk driving, there remains an incalcitrant number of hardcore drunk drivers responsible for a large number of the total alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities. The National Traffic Safety Board has recommitted its efforts to focusing on these drivers, with the goal of greatly reducing the number of deaths each year due to drunk driving.
Drunk driving continues to be a serious safety and social problem, with hardcore drunk drivers accounting for seven out of ten alcohol-impaired fatal crashes. Furthermore, drivers with a BAC of .15 or higher are 380 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than the average non-drinking driver and when involved in a fatal crash these hardcore drunk drivers are nine times more likely to have a prior DWI conviction in the past three years than non-drinking drivers.
For almost two decades, The Century Council, funded by America’s leading distillers, has been dedicated to developing and implementing innovative programs and public awareness campaigns that fight drunk driving and underage drinking.
As part of its effort to eliminate drunk driving The Century Council commissioned research on the implementation of interlocks for first offenders, including a roadmap for jurisdictions considering and/or implementing alcohol interlock programs, as well as a series of reports on addressing hardcore drunk driving in the various areas of the justice system.
We applaud the NTSB for their work in reducing the number of deaths caused by drunk driving.