Beyond the Statistics

When a drunk driver takes the life of someone you love, statistics are the last thing on your mind. But the disturbing stats below may open your eyes to just how serious and far-reaching — and preventable — the Ripple Effect is.

Roadway Fatalities (2012–2018)¹

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Drunk driving is a 100% preventable crime.

Rhode Island Statistics

In Rhode Island in 2017, 24% of drunk driving deaths involved a driver with a BAC of .15 or higher.
That’s double the legal BAC limit in Rhode Island.²

Between 2011-2015 39% of roadway fatalities in Rhode Island involved alcohol.³

In Rhode Island, alcohol impaired crashes accounted for 41% of total crashes in 2015.
This was the third-highest percentage in the nation.
[the District of Columbia (51%), Connecticut (43%)] 4


From 2016 to 2017, Rhode Island saw a 61% increase in fatalities from alcohol-related crashes.5


Between 2011-2015, 27% of impaired driving fatal crashes in Rhode Island involed a driver age 25-34 years old.6


On average two out of three people will be impacted by a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
That means in Rhode Island alone, approximately 696,900 people will be affected.7


.08 BAC or above: The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at which it is illegal to drive in Rhode Island.8


The number of months you can spend in jail on your first conviction of driving under the influence.9


The number of months your license can be suspended on your first conviction of driving under the influence.10

National Statistics


About one in three traffic deaths in the United States involves a drunk driver.11


An average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes in 2017.12


In 2017, 10,874 deaths on United States roadways were attributed to alcohol impairment. That’s 29% of overall fatalities.13


In 2016, 290,000 people were injured in drunk driving crashes.14

Did you know?

An average drunk driver has driven drunk over 80 times before the first arrest.15

Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help.16

About a quarter of car crashes with teens involve an underage drinking driver.
95% of the 14 million people who are alcohol dependent began drinking before the legal age of 21.17

Every day about 800 people are injured in a drunk driving crash.18

What is one drink?

In the United States, a standard drink contains 0.6 ounces (1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol.19 Generally, this pure alcohol is found in:

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12 fluid ounces of beer
(5% alcohol content)

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8-9 ounces of malt liquor
(7% alcohol content)

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1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits or liquor
(40% alcohol content)

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5 ounces of wine
(12% alcohol content)