By the Number: US Drunk Driver Statistics

It is illegal to drive with a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or higher.

An aggravated DUI is a higher drunk driving charge than a normal DUI, in many states a felony charge. It has severe penalties, including incarceration.

All DUI convictions result in suspended driving privileges or licenses.

DUI convictions can stay on your record (and insurance) for up to 10 years—in every state.

An aggravated DUI, which is a higher charge, can be levied if:

  • People were injured or killed or property was damaged
  • Transporting a minor with .08 BAC

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  • BAC was way higher than .08, like > .13 or .15
  • In some states, excessive speed (reckless driving) and multiple DUIs

A few drunk driver statistics:

  • Every 51 minutes, a drunk or buzzed driver results in someone dying
  • 27% of all motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents were legally intoxicated 
  • The average cost of a DUI is $10,000 - $27,000 before injuries or damages
  • If someone is under 21 years old, there is a zero tolerance policy and insurance penalties over the next 13 years can cost up to $40,000