STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE RISK OF FATALITY AND BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION OF RECREATIONAL BOAT OPERATORS; FINAL REPT. OCT 88-DEC 90

A previous study reported that in a data set of recreational boating fatalities 30% of the victims had blood alcohol concentrations above .10% by volume. These data alone did not permit estimation of increased risk of fatality due to intoxication because the prevalence of intoxication among recreational boat operators was unknown. The current study involved interviewing and breath testing recreational boat operators at several boat ramps and marinas in California in order to obtain the 'exposure' data needed to estimate the increased risk of fatality associated with intoxication. Combining the data from the exposure sample and the fatality data from the previous study enabled computation of a relative risk estimate. The best estimate of relative risk resulting from the research is 10.65, that is, boat operators with a blood alcohol concentration above .10% are estimated to be 10.65 times as likely to be killed in a boating accident than boat operators with zero blood alcohol concentration. A 95% lower confidence bound on the estimate is 4.74. Several possible sources of bias and their effects on the relative risk estimate are considered.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also AD-A195 864. Sponsored by Coast Guard, Washington, DC. Office of Chief of Staff.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Coast Guard Office of Chief of Staff.

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Mengert, P
    • Sussman, E D
    • Disario, R
  • Publication Date: 1992-5

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 68 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00666671
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-VNTSC-CG-92-1; CG-D-09-92
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 3 1994 12:00AM