Alcohol impaired driver fatalities accounted for 32.81% of total traffic fatalities between 2014 and 2016. This number does not include the drivers intoxicated or impaired due to other substances such as illegal drugs or prescribed medicines. The collection of these data is also important to determine the real impact of other substances in traffic crashes.
Alcohol Impaired Driver: Any person driving a motor vehicle with a concentration of alcohol in the blood greater than that established in the Vehicles and Traffic Law (Law 22, 2000).
Strategic Goal: Reduce alcohol-impaired driver fatalities.
Performance Measure: 5-year moving average of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.
Objective (Performance Goal): To reduce the 5-yr moving average of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities from 97 to 90 within the next 5 years.
Most Relevant Points
a. Continue the application of the law to drivers under the influence of alcohol and other controlled substances ("DUI").
b. Guide the staff of commercial establishments that issue direct alcohol (e.g. bars) on the requirements of law and responsibilities in case of a fatality on the road as a result of drinking in their facilities.
c. Continue prevention and education efforts on the impact of driving under the influence of alcohol and other controlled substances.
d. Improve the effectiveness of drunk driver rehabilitation programs to reduce recidivism.
e. Improve notifications of the result of blood alcohol content (BAC) for blood tests in living victims (Health Department) and/or dead (Dept. Forensic Sciences).