• 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.




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