Misuse or Abuse of Alcohol & Drugs Affects More than the Driver
In Oklahoma, alcohol-related crashes in 2017 resulted in 171 fatalities — a 9.9% decrease from 189 in 2016, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Nearly half of alcohol-related crashes (43.1%) occurred on city streets.
Most alcohol-related crashes occurred between 5 p.m. and midnight. The top three driver contributing factors in alcohol-related crashes:
- Unsafe speed 8%
- Failed to yield 4.5%
- Inattention 4.4%
Impaired driving is a serious issue, and it affects many more than only those involved in drunk driving crashes. The misuse or abuse of alcohol or other substances greatly increases the chance of injuries in the workplace and beyond. Drugged driving incidents are on the rise. In Oklahoma:
- 2,186 people were involved in drug-related crashes in 2017
- 33.8% of drug-related crashes (335 of 990) occurred on city streets
- 46% of drug-related crashes (455 of 990) involved one vehicle
- The two months with the highest totals of drug-related crashes were June (102) and October (104)
- More drug-related crashes occurred between 3-9 p.m. than at any other time of day
Whether it’s referred to as drunk driving, driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence, impaired driving simply means a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle while compromised by alcohol and other drugs that change the function of the brain and body.