The study also analyzed data from a federal survey conducted in 2012, with researchers finding that drunk driving is much more common than most people think. The study found that 1.8% of adult drivers admit to driving drunk at least on one occasion during the prior month, which equals to about 4.2 million people. That there were roughly 121 million DUI violations per year suggests that driving under the influence is still a very common throughout the United States.
Now it is important to note that these statistics were based on drivers admitting to getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, not those who were actually arrested; but the data was still nonetheless surprising.
Researchers also wanted to determine the age and sex of the typical drunk driver and found that most offenders are males between the ages of 21 and 34, which accounted for 32% of the reported drunk driving cases. Researchers also found that as much as 80% of alcohol-related driving violations were committed by males, not females.
In its report, the CDC notes that almost one-third of all car crash fatalities occurring over the past two decades in the United States have involved a drunk driver. The CDC has concluded that tougher laws and additional education are required to reduce the prevalence of DUI on roadways across the country.
In accordance with the CDC study, Maryland indicated that it saw a huge jump in DUI arrests from 2014 to 2015 — a trend Maryland Police want to reverse despite the fact that there were nearly 100 DUI arrests just at the start of 2016 in the State of Maryland.
Like the CDC study, the State of Maryland has conceded that it has some of the weakest penalties for drunk drivers and provide very little by way of educating motorists of the dangers of drunk driving.