The legal limit for intoxication is .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration), but impaired drivers can be stopped and arrested regardless of BAC due to the introduction of alcohol or other drugs in their system.
Also, it is illegal for anyone to have an open container of alcohol inside the vehicle.
- In 2014, 1,041 people were killed in Texas traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 29% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- Harris County (Houston) had the most DWI crashes—3,020 in 2014.
- Do you know when your risk of being in a DWI crash is greatest? More alcohol involved crashes were reported between 2:00-3:00 am than any other hour of the day, with most of these happening on Saturday night into Sunday morning.
- On average, 100,000 are arrested for DWI each year.
- The highest number of arrests were between the ages of 21-25 years old.
- If you think people are driving just a “little” drunk, you are wrong. The average breath/blood test result is 0.15-.0.17.
Source: Texas Dept. of Transportation, 2014.