This report presents the findings of a telephone survey of 501 Hennepin County residents conducted during November 1975. Survey participants were asked questions concerning the problem of drinking and driving, knowledge about alcohol, use of alcoholic beverages and awareness of drinking driving media campaigns. Findings were as follows: Drunk driving was selected as an extremely important problem by fifty-six percent of the survey sample. Forty-one percent selected the problem drinker as the cause of more fatal accidents, and forty percent selected 5-6 out of every 10 traffic deaths as the number caused by drinking drivers. Twenty- five percent of the survey participants correctly selected 0.10% blood alcohol concentration as the legal definition of being drunk while driving in the State of Minnesota. Seventy-six percent of the sample reported that they now drink alcoholic beverages. Twenty-one percent of those who now drink alcoholic beverages indicated that they often or occasionally drive after drinking. Among those reporting that they often, occasionally, or hardly ever drink and drive, seventy-one percent stated that 1-3 drinks are the most they would consume and continue to drive. However, fourteen percent indicated that they would continue to drive after having five or more drinks. Further findings are also presented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Hennepin County Alcohol Safety Action Project

    625 2nd Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55402

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    Heat Transfer Laboratory
    Minneapolis, MN  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Rosen, S D
    • Mattson, L T
    • Romslo, F
  • Publication Date: 1976-2-1

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 37 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00144225
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-048-1-064
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 15 1977 12:00AM