In 2008, the median BAC of someone arrested for drunk driving was .16, according to drunk driving statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It takes a considerable amount of alcohol to reach that high of a BAC.
A recent news article cited a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study on people who participate in the irresponsible consumption of alcohol, or binge drinking, and found that 12 percent of participants in the study reported that they had driven within two hours of consuming their last drink.
As the article notes, binge drinking plays a significant factor in the thousands of alcohol-related traffic crashes each year. Drivers with a high BAC, or hardcore drunk drivers, are a unique segment of our population and deserve special attention. The Century Council has developed several tools to help address these DUI offenders. We urge you learn more about The Century Council’s initiatives to fight drunk driving.