Below, Florida impaired driving fatalities are broken down by year, month, day of the week, time of day, and impairment type.
While the total number of fatalities in impaired driving crashes increased by 19% between 2011 and 2020, it should be noted that the proportion of traffic fatalities involving impairment dropped from 37.8 to 32.5% over the same timeframe.
Fatalities in Impaired Driving Traffic Crashes, Florida (2011-2020)
|Year||Total Fatalities||Traffic fatalities in impaired driving crashes||% of impaired driving traffic fatalities|
From 2015-2020, impaired driving fatalities occurred with the greatest frequency during the spring (March, April, May) and early winter (December, January). However, the largest proportions of impaired driving fatalities were observed during the spring and summer (June, July, August).
When considering impairment type, from 2015-2020, alcohol accounted for the largest proportion of serious and fatal injuries occurring over the weekend (Saturday, Sunday). In contrast, drugs accounted for the largest number of adverse outcomes on Tuesdays, and drivers under the influence of both drugs and alcohol experienced the largest number of serious injuries and fatalities during the rest of the week
As shown, from 2015-2020, impaired driving fatalities occurred with the greatest frequency at 2 a.m. (when Florida bars close) and from 8-11 p.m. However, the proportion of traffic fatalities involving impairment was highest (over 50%) from 1-3 a.m
Again, when considering impairment type, alcohol accounted for the largest proportion of fatalities at 6 p.m., as well as from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. On the other hand, drugs accounted for the largest number of fatal injuries from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and drivers under the influence of both substances accounted for the most fatalities during the rest of the day.