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Special Feature

Impaired Driving

A driver commits the crime of impaired driving whenever his or her ability to safely operate a vehicle is impaired by the effects of illegal drugs, prescription medications, or over-the-counter medications or by having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher (OVC Help Series for Crime Victims: Impaired Driving, Office for Victims of Crime, 2012).

Since 1981, every President of the United States has demonstrated a commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month and, most recently, as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. In recognition of this observance, NCJRS presents the Special Feature: Impaired Driving, which contains publications and other resources related to this topic.


A Guide for Enforcing Impaired Driving Laws for Youth
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-sponsored, 2010

DrugFacts: Drugged Driving
National Institute on Drug Abuse, October 2013

National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Impaired Driving
OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, September 2012

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Related Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Impaired Driving

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Impaired Driving

Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC)

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Conduct a search of our Q&A knowledge base where you'll find answers to questions such as:

Where can I locate statistics on juveniles arrested for driving under the influence?
Data on juveniles arrested for driving under the influence can be accessed in the Federal Bureau of ... Read More

Is information available on how to prevent individuals from driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs?
The NCJRS online resource "Special Feature: Impaired Driving" contains a section on the prevention of ... Read More

Where can I locate statistics on alcohol-related crashes and fatalities?
Statistics on alcohol-related crashes and fatalities can be found in the National Center for Statistics ... Read More

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