SURVEY OF ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT IN FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS IN CANADA 1972

This survey indicates the extent of blood alcohol involvement in motor vehicle fatalities for 1972 in six Canadian provinces and the Greater Montreal area. It includes drivers and pedestrians. Tests were given for blood alcohol levels of fatalities, survivers, ages and drug dosage. Comparisons of results were made with previous surveys to indicate an increase or decrease in alcohol involvement in fatal accidents, since the breathalyzer legislation in 1969 and the lowering of the legal drinking age to 18. Of 79.3% of the drivers tested for alcohol, 54.7% had a positive BAC. Of the positive group 82.8% exhibited a BAC of 0.08% or over. Positive BACs are more pronounced among age groups 15-44. 9 out of 11 tested showed positive readings for drugs. A data comparison with 1971 shows an increase of 58.9% in driver deaths and 56.1% in positive BACs. Of 911 survivers 14.9% had a positive BAC. Fatalities with positive BACs increased 1.5% from 1969. Ages 15-19 in Alberta and Ontario showed positive BAC increases from 1970 at 9.1% and 1.1% respectively. 44.1% of pedestrian fatalities showed positive BACs. Pedestrian deaths increased 17.7% and positive BACs 34.5% since 1971. The conclusion is that the data show that alcohol is a significant factor in the cause of motor vehicle accidents and deaths. /SRIS/

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1976 12:00AM