ESTIMATING ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT IN FATAL CRASHES: A NOTE ON THE REPORTING OF BAC IN THE FARS

The purpose of this study was to explore the validity of extrapolations of data from a sample of fatally injured drivers where the BAC is believed to be collected routinely, to the total set of drivers in fatal accidents in the United States as reported by the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS). The results indicate that there is no sizable subset of FARS data which can truly be considered to be routinely (that is, randomly) collected. The closest significant subset of such data are the BACs on fatally injured drivers for the 15 jurisdictions within the FARS file which report BACs most comprehensively.

  • Corporate Authors:

    UCLA Alcohol Research Center

    Neuropsychiatric Institute, 760 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90024
  • Authors:
    • Voas, R B
  • Publication Date: 1984-1

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  • Accession Number: 00393620
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 523
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 29 1985 12:00AM