Child Passenger Deaths Involving Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

This article reports on a study of child passenger deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers. The authors conducted a descriptive analysis of 2001-2010 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data for child passengers aged <15 years killed in alcohol impaired driving crashes. Of the children killed, 65% (n = 1,515) were riding with an alcohol-impaired driver (defined as blood alcohol level greater than 0.08 g/dL). However, annual deaths among children riding with an alcohol-impaired driver decreased by 41% over the decade covered by the study. The authors conducted a state-level survey for 37 states and turned up a wide disparity of risk for child fatalities with impaired drivers. A majority of children (61%) involved in these crashes were unrestrained (no seat belts or car seats). And one-third of the impaired drivers did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash. The authors conclude with a brief discussion of the study’s limitations and recommendations for further research.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 966-972
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  • Accession Number: 01618133
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2016 4:03PM