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How often do people drive drunk?

Drunk driving accidents happen all year around, claiming a significant amount of lives every year and causing far more injuries. But how often do people really get behind the wheel after they've had too much to drink?

The real stats are a bit hard to come by, as people don't often admit to this voluntarily. However, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and data from the FBI, there are about 3,200 DUI arrests daily. That same report claims that there are around 300,000 instances of drunk driving on a daily basis, though, so the arrest totals are well below this projected rate.

Surveys have shed a bit of light on the issue. For instance, back in 2013, a total of 9.9 million people admitted that they'd driven under the influence. This took into account both using illegal drugs and alcohol.

It's also become clear that arrests and convictions are not putting a stop to the problem. About 33 percent of those who are arrested for DUIs already have prior convictions on their records.

So, if drunk driving is far more common than a lot of people realize, how often does it lead to accidents? According to MADD, when looking at deadly accidents, drivers between 21 years old and 24 years old were drunk in around 30 percent of the cases. For those between 25 and 34, the rate fell slightly to 29 percent.

Police are taking steps to crack down on drunk driving, hoping to prevent accidents, but the stats paint a bleak picture. If you've lost a loved one in New Jersey, you may be able to seek compensation for funeral costs, medical costs, lost wages, and more.

Source: MADD, "Statistics," accessed Sep. 20, 2016

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