DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEWS. MARCH 12, 1976

Accident studies designed to give an accurate picture of the alcohol/accident problem, an idea of the effectiveness of the ASAP (Alcohol Safety Action Projects) programs, and better identification of the problem drinker most likely to become involved in an alcohol-involved crash, have resulted in the development of the "fatal driver profile". Studies in Boston indicated that 39 percent of the fatal accidents involved alcohol, a combination of alcohol and other drugs, or other drugs alone. A decline was noted in the alcohol related fatalities after initiation of the ASAP project. In Baltimore 42 percent of the fatal accidents involved alcohol as the primary cause. Psychological evaluation of more than 200 fatally injured drivers showed that such factors may be more important than either age or alcohol in causing fatal accidents. Investigations in Albuquerque revealed that 60 percent of the alcohol-involved accidents occurred on weekends and 67 percent at night. Investigation of 220 of these total accidents showed that 90 percent of the alcohol involved drivers were responsible for the accident. In Oklahoma City, investigators noted the effectiveness of the ASAP program in comparison with Tulsa which does not have such a program.

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  • Pagination: 3 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131360
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NHTSA 19-76(RC)
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM