This report examines fatal accident, fatality and alcohol involvment trends in Hennepin County during ASAP and pre-ASAP or baseline years. In addition, it compares those trends with trends in surrounding communities and the remainder of the state during the same time period. The findings of this report are reasonably encouraging. They demonstrate statistically significant decreases in most Hennepin County traffic fatality categories and in alcohol involvment rates concurrent with project activities. When driver fatalities in Hennepin County were examined against other variables, the data revealed that: The decrease in driver fatalities concurrent project activities occurred primarily during the first half of each year (1972-1975). The largest reduction was for fatally injured drivers in the 18-20 age category. Most of the reduction in driver fatalities during the ASAP period involved multivehicle accidents. During 1970-1971, there was an average of 34.0 drivers killed in multi-vehicle accidents. This decreased to an average of 23.3 drivers in 1972-1975, a statistically significant drop. The reductions in driver fatalities during the ASAP years was statistically significant for the weekend, not the weekday. The average number of driver fatalities during the baseline weekend was 27.3 versus 22.5 for the weekend ASAP period. Alcohol involvement in driver fatalities has fallen from 63.0% in 1972 to just 40.7% in 1975 in Hennepin County but has risen or remained unchanged in the counties adjoining Hennepin and in the remainder of the State. Finally, when driver fatality alcohol involvment in Hennepin County is examined relative to time of day and day of week, the data for the most recent years of ASAP activity--1974 through 1975--show large and significant reductions from baseline rates during the weekend evening hours.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study was sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D.C. and Minnesota Department of Public Safety, St. Paul.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Hennepin County Alcohol Safety Action Project

    625 2nd Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55402

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    School of Public Health, 420 Delaware
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
  • Authors:
    • Rosen, S D
    • Mattson, L T
    • Romslo, F
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 42 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141998
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-048-1-064
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM