The Problem of Impaired Driving

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

According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, alcohol-related crashes in 2016 resulted in 189 fatalities — an increase of 0.5% from the 188 fatalities in 2015.

Of the 189 alcohol-related fatalities in 2016, 150 were drivers, 29 were passengers and 10 were pedestrians.

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:

  • Statewide, 1,049 drivers were involved in drug-related crashes in 2016

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.