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Impaired Driving

DS_icons_ImpDr.pngImpaired drivers accounted for 36 percent of all people killed in roadway crashes.

This amounts to one death every 45 minutes. (NHSTA)

 

The Issue in the Kansas City Region

Remarkable progress has been made in our region since 2007 to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injures associated with impaired drivers. County-level data suggests that alcohol-related fatalities are a more substantial problem in the region’s more populated areas; however, drinking and driving is a regional concern for all residents. 

The number of alcohol-related crashes is believed to be underreported. There are a number of reasons for this underreporting issue. Symptoms of drinking may be masked from the investigating officer or the officer may not have an opportunity to observe or interview the person properly in cases requiring immediate medical attention. This apparent problem of underreporting should be taken into consideration when evaluating impaired driving data.

 

What You Can Do

  • Although gender, body weight, the amount of food in your stomach and the number of drinks consumed affect your body’s ability to process alcohol, it only takes little alcohol to impair driving ability. 
  • Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a measurement of the amount of alcohol in the body. As an individual’s BAC rises, the ability to drive safely deteriorates. As few as two or three drinks can make someone legally drunk and lethal to themself and others while driving. 
  • Choose a designated driver before drinking starts.
     
  • Wear a safety belt. Nationally, nearly two-thirds of all drivers and passengers who died on our highways were not wearing safety belts. Always buckle up.