The Correlation Between Speed and Alcohol Project

Alcohol involvement is prevalent for drivers involved in speeding-related crashes, according to the Traffic Safety Facts 2011 Data, Speeding (DOT HS 811 751), published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2011, 42 percent of speeding drivers had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher in fatal crashes, compared to only 16 percent of non-speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes.²


The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has been developing a series of informational briefs highlighting what agencies are doing to address the relationship between impaired driving and speed. The IACP has released informational briefs on the Duluth Police Department and the Washington State Patrol highlighting what these agencies are doing to address this relationship.