Effective measures include:
Other suggested measures include:
What safety steps can individuals take?
Whenever your social plans involve alcohol, make plans so that you don’t have to drive after drinking. For example:
At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people. Among drivers with BAC levels of 0.08 % or higher involved in fatal crashes in 2009, more than one out of every 3 were between 21 and 24 years of age (35%). The next two largest groups were ages 25 to 34 (32%) and 35 to 44 (26%).
Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2009, 29% had BACs of 0.08% or greater. Nearly half of the alcohol-impaired motorcyclists killed each year are age 40 or older, and motorcyclists ages 40-44 have the highest percentage of deaths with BACs of 0.08% or greater (44%).
Drivers with prior driving while impaired (DWI) convictions:
Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for DWI than were drivers with no alcohol in their system? (8% and 1%, respectively).