In an interview, Traffic Safety Center Director David Ragland discussed the highlights of a talk he gave to the California Alcohol Forum in October 2002. A main concern, he said, is the rise in alcohol-related traffic deaths, with the trend registering most sharply among traditionally vulnerable 19- to 20-year-olds and 21- to 25-year-olds, according to the newest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. The populations that are over-represented in alcohol-related crashes are populations that are growing rapidly, Ragland said. The Latino population, traditionally vulnerable to traffic injury and death, now makes up the majority of the under-15 age group in California. Researchers must take a look at the changing demographics in California and determine how best to reach this young, largely Latino population. Ragland also drew attention to the gap between males and females in DUI arrest rates: six times the arrest rate for males 21 to 25 compared to females the same age. With the young Latino population skyrocketing, Ragland underlined the necessity of learning why young drivers, male drivers and Latino drivers have higher rates of DUI and are more at risk for traffic injury and death.


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  • Accession Number: 00962316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2003 12:00AM