The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a fatal traffic crash as being alcohol-related if either a driver or a nonoccupant (e.g., pedestrian) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.01 grams per deciliter (g/dl) or greater in a police-reported traffic crash. Persons with a BAC of 0.10 g/dl or greater involved in fatal crashes are considered to be intoxicated. This is the legal limit of intoxication in most states. Traffic fatalities in alcohol-related crashes dropped by 2% from 1992 to 1993. NHTSA estimates that alcohol was involved in 44% of fatal crashes and in 7% of all crashes in 1993. In 1993, 35% of all traffic fatalities occurred in crashes in which at least one driver or nonoccupant had a BAC of 0.10 g/dl or higher. More than two-thirds of the 13,984 people killed in such crashes were themselves intoxicated. The remaining one-third were passengers, nonintoxicated drivers, or nonintoxicated nonoccupants. Additional statistics on alcohol involvement in fatal crashes are provided in this report.

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    National Center for Statistics and Analysis

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  • Publication Date: 1994


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 6 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00672501
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 6 1995 12:00AM