A 30-year-old Oregon woman was charged with driving under the influence after it was determined that her blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit. Nicole Norris was reported to police by her 11-year-old son, who called 911 from the backseat of the car, terrified by his mother's erratic driving. The boy was praised for having the courage to make the phone call, as Norris was in no condition to be behind the wheel.
Nicole Norris. Nicole Norris was driving erratically with her 11-year-old son in the backseat of her car. The terrified boy called 911 to report that his mother was driving drunk.
Officer dispatched. An officer located Nicole Norris's vehicle and pulled her over. Norris was given a field sobriety test which she subsequently failed.
Twice the legal limit. Norris's blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit. As a result, she was charged with driving under the influence.
Over 9,000 killed each year. 9,967 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2014. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2015 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2013 - 1 every 53 minutes. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2014.
28 people every day. Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 per year.
$199 billion per year. Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion a year. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2014 In 2012, 15% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were alcohol-impaired, compared to 30% on weekends. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2013
300,000 instances. In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (32%), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30%) and 35 to 44 (24%). Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012 Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested. Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2012
Determining impairment. Impairment is not determined by the type of drink, but rather by the amount of alcohol drunk over time. Source: National Highway Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2012 Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010—that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day. Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2011