Impaired driving is dangerous. It's the cause of more than half of all car crashes. It means operating a motor vehicle while you are affected by:
- Legal or illegal drugs
- Distractions, such as using a cell phone or texting
- Having a medical condition which affects your driving
For your safety and the safety of others, do not drive while impaired. Have someone else drive you or take public transportation when you cannot drive. If you need to take a call or send a text message, pull over.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- The Truth About Holiday Spirits (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
- Distracted Driving (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Driving after Stroke (American Stroke Association)
- Driving When You Have Cataracts (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) - PDF
- Drugged Driving (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Also in Spanish
- Some Medicines and Driving Don't Mix (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
Statistics and Research
- Alcohol-Impaired Driving (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) - PDF
- CDC Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Driver Electronic Device Use in 2020 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) - PDF
- Drugged Driving Infographic (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Also in Spanish
- State Alcohol-Impaired-Driving Estimates (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) - PDF
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Driving Under the Influence (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Association of the new zero-tolerance drinking and driving law with hospitalization...
- Article: A hybrid neural network for driving behavior risk prediction based on...
- Article: Driver distraction and its effects on partially automated driving performance: A...
- Impaired Driving -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- On the road (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- Driving Safety and Alzheimer's Disease (National Institute on Aging)
- How Do You Know When It's Time to Give up the Keys? (Administration for Community Living) - PDF
- Older Drivers (National Institute on Aging) Also in Spanish