Alcohol a Factor in 4.56% of 2020 Crashes
Statewide (September 16, 2021) – According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), 4.56% of traffic accidents last year were alcohol-related. There were more than 4,500 potential drunk driving accidents in 2020, including nearly 1,900 injury crashes and 163 fatal crashes. Although there were fewer overall alcohol-related crashes in 2020 compared to 2019, the percentage of suspected drunk driving accidents rose from 3.79% to 4.56%.
More than 73% of drivers involved in alcohol-related crashes were men. For fatal alcohol-related accidents, that number jumped to more than 80% (For context, male drivers were involved in roughly 55% of all recorded statewide car crashes). ADOT also found that over 32% of drivers involved in these crashes were between the ages of 25 and 34, the highest of any age group. Source: ADOT