The degree to which alcohol represents a causative factor motor vehicle crashes is studied by a comparison of baseline and 1972 data on blood alcohol concentrations (BAC's) of fatally injured drivers, statistical description of all drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes during 1972, and profiles of 1972 fatally injured drivers in crashes. Data currently available do not provide A reliable basis for the assessment of the impact of the South Dakota Alcohol Safety Action Proj. (SD: ASAP). About 85% of the fatal crash drivers were men, and 55.5% were under 30 years of age. Crashes involving drinking drivers tended to occur between 8 p.m. And 4 a.m., and on weekends. They intended to be fatal to the drinking driver more often than to others involved. Those involved in crashes not related to alcohol had proportionally fewer previous crashes. No statistically significant differences were observed in frequency of previous convictions for driving while intoxicated among crash-involved drivers in the following three groups: those who had been drinking, those who had not been drinking but another driver in the crash situation had been drinking, and those who had not been drinking and no other driver in the crash situation had been drinking.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of South Dakota, Vermillion

    Human Factors Laboratory
    Vermillion, SD  United States  57069
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  • Accession Number: 00321347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TSR
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1982 12:00AM