The Problem of Impaired Driving

Misuse or Abuse of Alcohol & Drugs Affects More than the Driver

According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Highway Safety Office, Alcohol-related crashes in 2015 resulted in 188 fatalities—an increase of 9.3% from the 172 fatalities in 2014.

Of the 188 alcohol-related fatalities in 2015, 134 were drivers, 48 were passengers, five were pedestrians, and one was a bicyclist.

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.

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.