- For the fourth consecutive year, DUI deaths have declined In California, from 1,025 alcohol-involved fatalities in
2008 to 950 in 2009 – a decrease of 7.3 percent.
- Additionally, there were 28,457 people injured in alcohol-related crashes in 2008, down from 30,641 in 2007.
- The 950 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2009 represent 31 percent of California’s total driving fatalities (3,081).
- In 2008 alone, there were 214,811 DUI arrests statewide, the most since 1993 and up from 203,866 in 2007.
- The average alcohol-related fatality in California costs $3.8 million, including $1 million in monetary costs and $2.8 million
in quality of life losses.
- The estimated cost per injured survivor of an alcohol-related crash averages $115,000 including $55,000 in monetary
costs and $60,000 in quality of life losses.
- Alcohol-related crashes accounted for an estimated 20 percent of California’s auto insurance payments. Reducing
alcohol-related crashes by 10 percent could save $300 million in claims payments and loss adjustment expenses.
Sources: Statistics provided by SWITRS, the 2009 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), California Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts: 2008 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment- Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities.