The Problem of Impaired Driving

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

In 2014, there were 1,041 fatalities in Texas due to crashes involving a DUI, according to data highlighted on Page 3 of this Texas Department of Transportation report.

Impaired driving is a serious issue in Texas, 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.

Nearly 600 fatal crashes involved the use of alcohol, as indicated on Page 12 of this 2014 TxDOT report. More than 230 crashes involved the use of drugs.

More on impaired driving…