DWI Statistics

DWI Statistics

Information about DWI statistics allows interested persons to evaluate the prevalence and nature of DWI crimes in the United States.

    • DWI statistics are of concern to most Americans, ninety seven percent of which feel that DWI poses a significant threat to public safety.
    • DWI statistics indicate that thirty percent of the United States population will be involved in an auto accident involving alcohol in their lifetime.

A DWI is the crime of "Driving While Intoxicated." In some states the crime of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated is called DUI or driving under the influence.

    • DWI statistics indicate that approximately ninety-six percent of all DWI convictions are for misdemeanor charges. Felony DWI charges are typically brought against repeat offenders, those who caused considerable property or physical damages, and the like.
    • According to DWI statistics two-thirds of all DUI arrests are made for first time offenders.

Each state has the authority to create and enforce DWI laws.

    • Recent DWI statistics gathered by the government have found that 49 states and Washington DC have per se laws which make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that meets or exceeds 0.08 percent. According to DWI statistics all states have zero tolerance laws and implied consent laws.

Zero tolerance laws make it a crime for a person under the legal drinking age to DWI at any BAC level. Implied consent laws make it compulsory for all persons to submit to the BAC chemical testing of their breath, blood, or urine at the behest of a police officer when stopped in their vehicle.

    • According to DWI statistics, more than thirty states have enhanced penalties for the crime of DWI when their BAC is between 0.15 and 0.20 or above.
    • DWI statistics indicate that more than forty percent of all fatal traffic accidents involve alcohol.
    • DWI statistics from 2002 indicate that nearly 17,500 people were killed in alcohol related accidents that year alone.
    • Nine percent of all traffic accidents that result in injury involve the use of alcohol.
    • According to DWI statistics, someone is injured in an alcohol related accident every two minutes in the United States.

DWI statistics also shed light on the prevalence of DWI cases involving other motor vehicles. 

    • DWI statistics reveal that almost forty percent of all boating accidents involve alcohol.
    • Between 2001 and 2002 the number of alcohol related boating accidents increased by five percent, according to national DWI statistics.  

The laws regarding DWI boating offenses are similar to those for other types of DWI offenses.


If you would like to learn more about DWI statistics or have questions about your legal rights and options after a DWI arrest, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney.

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