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Among major crimes, driving under the influence has one of the highest nationwide arrest rates with nearly 1.5 million DUI arrests a year, according to the Department of Transportation. The consequences of drinking and driving are arrests, jail time, property damage, and thousands of injuries and deaths each year, DOT officials said. For military members, it can also negatively affect careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/Released)

Among major crimes, driving under the influence has one of the highest nationwide arrest rates with nearly 1.5 million DUI arrests a year, according to the Department of Transportation. The consequences of drinking and driving are arrests, jail time, property damage, and thousands of injuries and deaths each year, DOT officials said. For military members, it can also negatively affect careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/Released)

  • The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour. Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help.
  • Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. 
  • Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. 
  • One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash during their lifetime. 
  • You are twice as likely to be killed in a drunk driving related crash on the weekend and more than four times more likely to perish at night. 
  • In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (32 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30 percent) and 35 to 44 (24 percent). 
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before the first arrest. 
  • If all 17 million people who admitted to driving drunk had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the United States.

                                                                — Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration