Drunk driving is a serious problem and has been for many decades. While the formation of advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have led many successes and made progress in getting more people to be aware of the dangers of drunk driving, there is still a long way to go before it is no longer an issue.
Just how prevalent are drunk driving accidents in Indiana? A look at some statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can give you an idea. In looking at records over a five-year span of time from 2011 to 2015, there has been quite a fluctuation in the number of deaths attributed to drunk driving accidents in the state.
From 2011 to 2012, there was an increase in these deaths from 207 in 2011 to 230 the following year. That was followed by decreases in alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities for the subsequent two years. In 2013, the state recorded 199 fatalities in impaired driving crashes and then 160 such fatalities in 2014. Those decreases have since been followed by a jump back up to 178 total alcohol-related vehicular deaths in 2015.
In southeastern Indiana, Clark County leads the region with the most number of drunk driving fatalities over those same five years. During that period, 16 people were killed by drunk drivers in Clark County. Neighboring Floyd County experienced 13 drunk driving deaths following by nine and eight lives lost to drunk drivers in Jefferson and Washington Counties, respectively. Among all adjacent counties, Scott County had the fewest alcohol-related auto deaths with six over the course of the five years.