Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
29.3 percent (2017)

28.3 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

29.3 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths involved a driver with a BAC of 0.08 g/dL or higher in 2017

Reduce the proportion of motor vehicle crash deaths involving an alcohol-impaired driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 grams/deciliter (g/dL) or higher

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Driving while drunk is a main cause of traffic-related deaths in the United States. Effective interventions to reduce motor vehicle crash deaths that involve alcohol include sobriety checkpoints, mass media campaigns, and laws that revoke or suspend the licenses of people convicted of drunk driving.