FATAL CRASHES AMONG MICHIGAN YOUTH FOLLOWING REDUCTION OF LEGAL DRINKING AGE

The legal age at which persons may drink alcoholic beverages in Michigan was lowered from 21 to 18 years on 1 January 1972. During the first 9 months of 1971, 1972 and 1973, the number of alcohol-involved fatal crashes among drivers aged 18 to 20 was 60, 103 and 112, and the total number of fatal crashes was 271, 357 and 336. Over the period 1962-1972 the number of drivers aged 18 and 19 involved in fatal crashes ranged from 133 and 1962 to 323 in 1966 (318 in 1972). The number of licensed drivers aged 18 and 19 and the number involved in fatal crashes showed a parallel increase over the 10-year period. It is concluded that the 1971-73 increase in the number of "alcohol-involved" fatal crashes among drivers aged 18 to 20 more likely reflects a change in police reporting practices than changes in driving-and-drinking behavior.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Rutgers University, New Brunswick

    Center of Alcohol Studies
    New Brunswick, NJ  USA  08903
  • Authors:
    • ZYLMAN, R
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

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  • Accession Number: 00261718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM