State Safety Office
Impaired driving is defined as driving under the influence of drugs or impaired by alcohol. It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level or breath-alcohol level of 0.02 or higher (referred to as zero tolerance); 0.08 is the legal limit for drivers 21 and older.
Between 2006 and 2010, 5,737 people were killed and 15,635 were seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes. Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of statewide traffic deaths. Fatalities have dropped by 43 percent from 1,301 in 2006 to 742 in 2010. During the same period, serious injuries also decreased by 35 percent from 3,570 in 2006 to 2,308 in 2010 (Figure 15). Over this five-year period, Florida’s alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate per 100 million VMT for BACs of .08 and above were flat from 2006 to 2008 (0.45, 0.44, and 0.45 respectively). However the same rate lowered significantly the next two years, with a rate of 0.40 in 2009 and 0.34 in 2010.
- Improve DUI Enforcement;
- Improve Prosecution and Adjudication of Impaired Driving Cases;
- Improve the DUI Administrative Suspension Process;
- Improve Prevention, Public Education, and Training;
- Improve the Treatment System (i.e., DUI programs, treatment providers, and health care providers);
- Improve Data Collection and Analysis; and
- Enhance Impaired Driving Legislation.
Impaired Driving Fact Sheets
2010 ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet |
2010 STATE ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING ESTIMATES Traffic Safety Fact Sheet
2009 ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2009 | 2009 ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2009
2008 ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet | 2008 STATE ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING ESTIMATES Traffic Safety Fact Sheet