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Economic cost due to drunk driving

According to Department of Transportation estimates, alcohol-related crashes cost Wisconsin over $450 million in 2012. This represents about 16% of the estimated total economic loss in Wisconsin due to motor vehicle crashes.

Economic loss is determined using national cost estimates obtained from the National Safety Council.

Figures used to calculate the 2012 economic loss are the 2011 National Safety Council estimates plus 3.0% to account for inflation:

  • Fatality - $1,465,000
  • Incapacitating injury - $72,800
  • Non-incapacitating injury - $23,400
  • Possible injury - $13,200
  • Property damage - $9,400
Economic loss from motor vehicle crashes: $2,147 million other crashes, $512 million alcohol-related crashes

In 2012, alcohol was cited as a contributing factor in 16% of motor vehicle crashes that resulted in hospitalization in Wisconsin.

During that year, alcohol-related crashes accounted for more than $11 million in hospital charges alone. This figure does not include the physician charges for hospital care or any medical care that occurred after the patient left the hospital.

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Tina Bondurant, tina.bondurant@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: April 29, 2014

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