DRINKING AND DRIVING: A COMPARISON OF DECEASED DRIVERS AND ROADBLOCK CONTROL MOTORISTS

ALKOHOL UND VERKEHRSSICHERHEIT

Project ABETS is to determine the incidence and concentrations of alcohol in those drivers involved in fatal or serious-injury crashes, and in a corresponding sample of drivers from the population-at-risk. In addition, it is to compare persons at selected points along the continuum of drivers in order to determine differences in psychological biographical variances. The first sample consists of deceased and surviving drivers from all fatal crashes in Vermont from July 1, 1967 through April 30, 1968. A postmortem examination was conducted on each deceased driver. For the second sample a serious-injury crash was selected to match one of the fatal crashes as closely as possible. The third and fourth samples were selected randomly from drivers who had received a citation for: (a) driving while intoxicated, or (b) certain other moving violations. The fifth sample were record-clear drivers selected from roadblocks. The two control samples were motorists from roadblocks at previous fatal crash and serious injury crash sites. 68% of the drivers who died within six hours had alcohol in their blood and 44% were legally impaired. In the fifth sample alcohol was present in 13% of the drivers. Among the control groups 18% said they didn't drink, 2/3 of the drinkers have one or two a whereas 13% usually have or exceed five. Those most likely to have alcohol in their blood were young men who drink large amounts of beer one or two nights a week.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Vermont, Burlington

    169 Home Avenue
    Burlington, VT  United States  05401
  • Authors:
    • Perrine, M W
  • Publication Date: 1969-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 4 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127294
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-6609, DOT-FH-11-6899
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM