Drunk driving statistics for 2013 showed that one person died every 30 minutes due to a drunk driver and during the year, there were over 10,000 people in the United States who were killed in crashes involving those who were driving while intoxicated. Despite these numbers, the statistics for 2013 were actually an improvement over 2012. However, they were worse than those for 2011, which was the first year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began keeping records that the number of deaths in the U.S. fell below 10,000.
Statistics for 2013 also showed a decrease in the number of people who died in the month of December. Normally, this month involves a higher-than-average number of alcohol-related crashes due to holiday parties. In addition to fatalities, accidents with drunk drivers injured approximately 290,000 people in total for the year.
Overall, 1,114 children under the age of 14 were killed in automobile crashes in 2013. Of these children, 200 deaths were due to alcohol-related crashes, and 61 percent of the children who died in such crashes died due to the alcohol impairment of the driver of the vehicle in which the child was riding.