The data indicate a tremendous increase in the proportion of fatal accidents where the driver was judged impaired. The sharpest increase in the proportion of fatal accidents involving impaired drivers occurred from 1965 (2.9%) to 1970 (12.1%), particularly between 1966 and 1968. These changes preceded the 1969 change in legislation which expanded the application of breathalyzer equipment in the early 1970S, and the lowering of the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 in 1971. During this period the proportion of all types of accidents involving non-impaired drivers who had been million miles driven. While the number of DUI convictions involving impaired drivers appear to be independent of legal changes in control, the use of detection equipment, and the greater legal availability of alcohol to young drivers. At least two factors are considered relevant to the increase: the climb in the rate of consumption and the reduction in alternative for repeat DUI offenders. The state legislature of drinking driving accidents. Convictions for alcohol-related driving offenders are the second source of per se blood alcohol level of .10% for DUI (replacing a alcohol-related traffic problems. The conviction rate went bargaining in DUI cases, and mandated minimum sentence older in 1973. It appears that stronger controls with regard to drinking and driving (i.e., new laws, both first and repeat DUI offences. Future study is conviction rates) was accompanied by a decline in the use of charges and proceedings that have more punitive minimum sentences and the option for more stringent maximum sentences. (Author/TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Consequences of Drinking. Trends in Alcohol Problem Statistics in seven countries.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Addiction Research Foundation

    33 Russel Street
    Toronto, ONo,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Giesbrecht, N
  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Accession Number: 00395584
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANALYTIC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM