The Fairfax News recently highlighted DUI-related death data released the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles showing that, over the last five years, Fairfax County has led the state in the number of drunk driving deaths.
DUI Death Statistics
From 2006 to 2010, there were 936 deaths in Virginia attributed to drinking and driving, 37% of all vehicular deaths during that time frame. On average, Fairfax experienced 19 drunk driving deaths a year, topping all other counties in the commonwealth.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has published alcohol-related fatality data going back to 1985 and injury data going back to 2004 on its website, organized by jurisdiction. as well as by month or victim demographic data.
A 25 Year Trend
Looking at the 25-year trend for DUI-related fatalities shows a dramatic and steady reduction in the number of crashes involving alcohol in Virginia over the 1985 to 2010 time period.
Not only did alcohol-related crashes drop from a little over 19,000 to about 8,000, their percentage of all crashes was likewise cut in half, from 14% in 1985 to 7% in 2010.
A chart published by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2010 illustrates the trend:
Arrests & Convictions
The long term trend for DUI convictions also shows a reduction since 1985, but not nearly so strongly as that of DUI-related crashes. In 1985 there were 37,000 DUI convictions in Virginia. In 2010 there were 32,760 DUI-related arrests were made in Virginia, producing 29,063 conviction.
That’s a conviction rate of 88% in Virginia and, based on Fairfax news’s calculations, a DUI conviction happening in Virginia every 18 seconds.
DUI Help in Fairfax County
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