Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities – New Report & Webinar Jan. 17

Despite decades of progress, alcohol-impaired driving remains the greatest single cause of motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S., exceeding the number of deaths from distracted driving and driving while under the influence of drugs.  More than 10,000 people die each year from alcohol-impaired driving, and nearly 40 percent of these fatalities are victims other than the drinking driver.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a blueprint to solving the problem by identifying numerous evidence-based and promising policies, programs, and systems changes to accelerate national progress in reducing alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.  The report recommends interventions that target alcohol consumption, drinking to impairment, driving while impaired, and the post-crash and/or post-arrest phase.

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 17.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies of Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Tuesday, Jan. 16.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 17.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email  Join the conversation on social media using #StopDWIdeaths.