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Impaired Driving

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Impaired driving is defined as driving under the influence of drugs or impaired by alcohol. It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level or breath-alcohol level of 0.02 or higher (referred to as zero tolerance); 0.08 is the legal limit for drivers 21 and older.

Between 2006 and 2010,  5,737 people were killed and 15,635 were seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes.  Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of statewide traffic deaths. Fatalities have dropped by 43 percent from 1,301 in 2006 to 742 in 2010. During the same period, serious injuries also decreased by 35 percent from 3,570 in 2006 to 2,308 in 2010 (Figure 15). Over this five-year period, Florida’s alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate per 100 million VMT for BACs of .08 and above were flat from 2006 to 2008 (0.45, 0.44, and 0.45 respectively). However the same rate lowered significantly the next two years, with a rate of 0.40 in 2009 and 0.34 in 2010.


  1. Improve DUI Enforcement;
  2. Improve Prosecution and Adjudication of Impaired Driving Cases;
  3. Improve the DUI Administrative Suspension Process;
  4. Improve Prevention, Public Education, and Training;
  5. Improve the Treatment System (i.e., DUI programs, treatment providers, and health care providers);
  6. Improve Data Collection and Analysis; and
  7. Enhance Impaired Driving Legislation.

Team Members

  • Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • DUI Counterattack, Hillsborough, Inc.
  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement/ATP
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program
  • Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
  • Florida Public Safety Institute
  • Florida Sheriffs Association
  • Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program
  • Fort Myers Police Department
  • Institute of Police Technology and Management
  • Leon County Probation Division
  • Madison Police Department
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Florida
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • Pinellas County Judge
  • Senior Trial Court Judge State of Florida
  • State Attorney’s Office, Second Judicial Circuit
  • Tallahassee Community College/SADD Florida
  • Tallahassee Police Department

Impaired Driving Fact Sheets

2010 ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet   |  2010 STATE ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING ESTIMATES Traffic Safety Fact Sheet
2009 ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2009   |  2009 ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2009
2008 ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet   |  2008 STATE ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING ESTIMATES Traffic Safety Fact Sheet