More than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related vehicle crashes in 2012, according to a January CDC report. The report also stated that one out of every three drivers with blood alcohol levels of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes were between 21 and 24 years of age. Of the 1,168 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 in 2012, 20% involved a drunk driver. More than half of those children were riding with the alcohol-impaired driver.
The CDC recommends continued research on reducing the illegal blood alcohol content threshold to 0.05% and having mandatory blood alcohol testing in crashes that result in injuries.
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