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To reinforce efforts and reward those who volunteer to be designated sober drivers, the California Office of Traffic Safety created the DDVIP (Designated Driver Very Important Person) program, which allows designated sober drivers to locate bars and restaurants near them that offer rewards for designated drivers.

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Zero Tolerance, One Goal: No Fatalities

  • In every state it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, yet one person is killed in a drunk driving crash every 50 minutes in the United States.

  • Of the 10,497  people killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016, 62% were the drunk drivers themselves.

  • Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2016, 67% (7,052) were in crashes involving at least one driver with a BAC of .15 or higher, nearly twice the legal limit.

  • Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes. In 2016, 24% of males were drunk in these crashes, compared to 13% for females.

  • Drunk driving is more common at night. The rate of alcohol impaired drivers involving in fatal crashes was 3.3 times higher at night than during the day (30% versus 9%).

  • Among the drivers between the ages of 21 and 34, 53% percent of those fatalities involved a drunk driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.

  • Motorcycle riders have the highest overall rate of alcohol impairment in fatal crashes. In 2016, 25% of the motorcycle riders killed were driving impaired.

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