THE EFFECT OF LOWER LEGAL DRINKING AGE ON YOUTH CRASH INVOLVEMENT

Several states recently lowered the legal drinking age to 18. The objectives of the study were: (1) To determine if alcohol-related crashes increased among legally affected populations in three study states, (2) to determine, if changes occurred, whether a causal relationship exists between the crash experience changes and the legal changes. Seven states were studied in a multiple-time-series quasi-experimental design. Through controlled time-series analyses it was found that statistically and socially significant increases in alcohol-related crashes resulted in Michigan and Main following the lower legal drinking age.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48109

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Douglas, R L
    • Filkins, L D
    • Clark, F A
  • Publication Date: 1974-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 220 p.

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080256
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UM-HSRI-AL-74-1-2 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-031-3-754
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 29 1975 12:00AM