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The Facts on Impaired Driving

  • In 2005, thirty-nine percent of all traffic deaths involved alcohol.
  • An additional 254,000 people were injured in crashes where alcohol was present.
  • The rate of alcohol involvement in fatal crashes is more than 5 times higher at night than during the day.
  • Thirty percent of all fatal crashes were during the week as opposed to 51% on weekends.
  • Drugs (other than alcohol) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. (Sometimes the driver is under the influence of both alcohol and another drug.)
  • Any drug – illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter – can cause slow reaction time, alteration in depth perception, reduction in peripheral vision, confusion, drowsiness, or lack of awareness of surroundings.

How to spot an impaired driver:  

  • Unreasonably fast or slow speeds or inconsistency of speed
  • Frequent lane changing
  • Swerving
  • Ignoring traffic signals and/or signs
  • Jerky starts and/or stops
  • Driving at night without lights
  • Sitting at stop lights or signs for long periods of time
  • Hugging the edge of the road or straddling the center line
  • Driving with windows down in cold weather
  • Driving with the head partly or completely out the window

If you are concerned about a driver:  

  • Do not confront him/her
  • Get the license plate number and a description of the vehicle and call 911 to make a report
  • If you must continue to drive near the person, drive defensively and allow plenty of space between you and him/her
  • Be sure to wear your seatbelt!

Seventy-six percent of USC Upstate students choose NOT to drive under the influence. Join them!
For more information contact Alcohol & Drug Programs at (864) 503-5536.


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Sydney Will
Health Educator  

USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303