1. Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for every age from 6 through 35. Almost half of those
fatalities are alcohol related crashes.
2. In 1999 a total of 3,559 people were killed in vehicle crashes in California. Of those numbers 1,351 were
3. In 1999 15,789 people were killed and more then 1 million people were injured by drunk drivers in the
4. Approximately three out of five Americans will be affected by an alcohol related crash at some time in
5. The average alcohol-related fatality in California cost $3.8 million. - - $1.4 million in monetary costs and $2.4
million in quality of life.
6. The estimated cost per injured survivor of an alcohol-related crash averaged $96,000: $43,000 in monetary
costs and $53,000 in quality of life.
7. There are approximately 2 alcohol related traffic fatalities per hour, 45 per day and 315 per week. That
is equivalent to two jumbo jets crashing each week.
8. A driver with a Positive Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) below .08 were involved in an estimated 3,400
crashes that killed 223 and injured 5,500.
9. A driver with BAC between .08 and .09 were involved in an estimated 1,700 crashes that killed 92 and injured
10. A driver with a BAC of .10 and above were involved in an estimated 99,500 crashes that killed 1,009 and
1. 21% of young drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.
2. Eight young people a day die in alcohol related accidents.
3. During a typical weekend, an average of one teenager dies each hour in a crash. Nearly 50% of these crashes are alcohol related.
4. Each year, students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol, more than they spend on soft drinks, tea, coffee,
juice, milk or books combined.
5. One out of every 280 babies born today will die in a crash with an intoxicated driver.
6. Traffic accidents are the major cause of death for children under 14 years of age. Almost one quarter of these deaths are alcohol related.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
1. Give your car keys to a friend or relative if you choose to drink.
2. Take a cab or use a DESIGNATED DRIVER.
3. Be a DESIGNATED DRIVER for someone.
4. A Designated Driver is any person who has a valid driver license and has not consumed any alcoholic beverages.
5. Make sure your friends have a ride home with a sober driver.
6. Don't let a person who has been drinking drive. Take the keys.
7. If hosting a party, offer nonalcoholic beverage.
8. Get involved! If you see what you believe is an impaired driver, call the police.
San Joaquin County
Designated Driver Taskforce
California Highway Patrol, Stockton Area
3330 N. Ad Art Road
Stockton, CA., 95208
(209) 943-8666, Attn: Officer T. Montez