DWI statistics offer a point of reference to evaluate the nature of DWI cases in the United States. DWI statistics are important because ninety-seven percent of the general public feels that drinking and driving poses a significant threat to themselves and their families. DWI statistics also show that thirty percent of the general population will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lives.
A DWI is the crime of driving while intoxicated. This is sometimes known as a DUI or driving under the influence. A DWI charge can be brought against anyone who operates any motor vehicle while intoxicated, including cars, motorcycles, large trucks, and water vessels. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, a DWI can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
DWI statistics from 2002 reveal that approximately forty-one percent of all traffic-related fatalities are from alcohol-related accidents. Nine percent of all injured persons are injured as a result of alcohol related accidents. In 2002, DWI statistics show that 17,419 people died in alcohol related traffic accidents. From 1998 to 2003 the percentage of alcohol-related fatality DWI statistics dropped by three percent. It is postulated that this decrease in the percentage of DWI fatalities is owed to harsher DWI penalties and the work of groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
The level at which one is considered driving while intoxicated is a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration. This is true in most states, though the laws governing DWI offenses vary from state to state. In all states, the punishment for repeat DWI offenses is greatly enhanced. DWI statistics show that one-third of all DWI offenses are perpetrated by repeat offenders. The penalties for repeat DWI crimes can involve increased fines, probation, license restriction or revocation, and possibly jail time.
DWI statistics also include operating other types of motor vehicles while intoxicated. DWI statistics show that, in 2002, thirty-nine percent of all boating accidents involved alcohol. DWI statistics from the year before showing an increase in the frequency of alcohol-related boating accidents (a five percent increase from 2001 to 2002). The laws for operating a boat while intoxicated carries penalties on par with those of driving a car under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
DWI statistics show that alcohol-related motorcycle accidents result in fatalities more often than other vehicle accidents. This is because motorcycle operators are much more vulnerable on the road than other vehicle operators. DWI statistics regarding motorcycle accidents show that about fifty percent of all motorcycle fatalities are the result of alcohol-related accidents.
DWI statistics show that most alcohol-related accidents (79 percent) occur between the hours of midnight and three am. According to DWI statistics, drivers between the ages of 21 to 24 are most likely to be involved in alcohol related fatal crashes. Drunk driving is the country’s most frequently committed crime, killing someone every thirty minutes.