Table 4-3 Recreational Boating Safety, Alcohol Involvement, and Property Damage, 1995–2000

Table 4-3
Recreational Boating Safety, Alcohol Involvement, and Property Damage, 1995–2000

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  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Fatalities 829 709 821 815 734 701a
Injuries 4,141 4,442 4,555 4,612 4,315 4,355a
Accident report cites alcohol involvement 472 601 698 704 633 696
Property damage (current $ millions) 30.3 23.2 29 31 28.9 34.7
Accidents 8,019 8,026 8,047 8,061 7,931 7,740
Vessels involved 11,534 11,306 11,396 11,368 11,190 10,984
Numbered boats (millions) 11.7 11.9 12.3 12.6 12.7 12.8

a The numbers for recreational boating safety are raw numbers. The U.S. Coast Guard reports a 6 percent addition [as suggested by DOT Inspector General] because they found a discrepancy in a review of SARMIS and BARD data (see the discussion found in the DOT FY2003 Performance Plan on page 135 under details of recreational boating fatalities).

NOTE: Only a small fraction of property damages and nonfatal accidents are reported to the U.S. Coast Guard.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

  • Alcohol involvement in reported accidents accounted for 31 percent of all boating fatalities in 2000.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics – 2000, p. 7.