Table 2-25: Fatalities by Highest Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in Highway Crashes

Table 2-25: Fatalities by Highest Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in Highway Crashes

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  1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 R1999 2000
Total fatalities 43,825 44,599 41,508 39,250 40,150 40,716 41,817 42,065 42,013 41,501 41,717 41,821
Fatalities in alcohol-related crashes 22,716 22,084 19,887 17,858 17,473 16,580 17,247 17,218 16,189 16,020 15,976 16,653
Percent 51.8 49.5 47.9 45.5 43.5 40.7 41.2 40.9 38.5 38.6 38.3 39.8
BAC = 0.00                      
Number 21,109 22,515 21,621 21,392 22,677 24,136 24,570 24,847 25,824 25,481 25,741 25,168
Percent 48.2 50.5 52.1 54.5 56.5 59.3 58.8 59.1 61.5 61.4 61.7 60.2
BAC = 0.01-0.09                      
Number 4,604 4,434 3,957 3,625 3,496 3,480 3,746 3,774 3,480 3,526 3,523 3,761
Percent 10.5 9.9 9.5 9.2 8.7 8.5 9.0 9.0 8.3 8.5 8.4 9.0
BAC = 0.10+                      
Number 18,111 17,650 15,930 14,234 13,977 13,100 13,501 13,444 12,710 12,494 12,453 12,892
Percent 41.3 39.6 38.4 36.3 34.8 32.2 32.3 32.0 30.3 30.1 29.6 30.8

KEY: BAC = blood alcohol concentration; R = revised.

NOTES: BAC values have been assigned by U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when alcohol test results are unknown. Alcohol-related crashes pertain to the BAC of the driver and nonoccupants struck by motor vehicles. For some years, numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 1999, DOT HS 808 983 (Washington, DC: December 2000), table 13.

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) query at http://www.fars.nhtsa.dot.gov as of Oct. 22, 2001.