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Impaired Driving

Have a plan to get home safely. Always choose a sober driver.

  • There are 7,884 impaired (alcohol and/or drugs) driving crashes statewide, resulting in 4,026 injuries and 171 fatalities every year.
  • A third of all statewide fatal crashes and 34 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involve an impaired driver.
  • 84 percent of impaired drivers killed in a crash are male.
  • Three out of ten impaired drivers are 21–29 years old. Impaired drivers in their twenties are involved in nearly 35 percent of crashes resulting in an injury or death.
  • Over one-third of impaired driving crashes that result in death occur between midnight and 4 a.m.
  • More than 24,000 drivers are arrested each year for DUI offenses.
  • Approximately 80 percent all impaired driving crashes occurred within the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, with 16 percent occurring in Prince George’s County.

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*Crash data are derived from the State Highway Administration, based on reports submitted and processed by the Maryland State Police Central Records Division (MSP CRD) and through the Automated Crash Reporting System (ACRS). Crash data are based on 5-year averages for the years 2009–2013. Citation/motor vehicle violation data sourced from the Maryland District Court through the National Study Center for Trauma and EMS (University of Maryland, Baltimore), and are 3-year averages (2011–2013). All data are subject to change.