Table 2-47: Recreational Boating Safety, Alcohol Involvement, and Property Damage Data

Table 2-47: Recreational Boating Safety, Alcohol Involvement, and Property Damage Data

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Fatalitiesa 739 1,360 1,418 1,466 1,360 1,116 865 924 816 800 784 829 709 821 815 734 701 681 750 703 676 697 710 685 709 736 672
Injuries 929 927 780 2,136 2,650 2,757 3,822 3,967 3,683 3,559 4,084 4,141 4,442 4,555 4,612 4,315 4,355 4,274 4,062 3,888 3,363 3,451 3,474 3,673 3,331 3,358 3,153
Accidents 2,738 3,752 3,803 6,308 5,513 6,237 6,411 6,573 6,048 6,335 6,906 8,019 8,026 8,047 8,061 7,931 7,740 6,419 5,705 5,438 4,904 4,969 4,967 5,191 4,789 4,730 4,604
Vessels involved 3,562 4,778 4,762 8,002 6,954 8,305 8,591 8,821 8,206 8,688 9,722 11,534 11,306 11,396 11,368 11,190 10,984 8,974 7,907 7,363 6,725 6,628 6,753 6,932 6,347 6,190 6,062
Numbered boats (thousands)b 2,500 4,138 5,128 7,303 8,578 9,589 10,996 11,068 11,132 11,283 11,430 11,735 11,878 12,313 12,566 12,738 12,782 12,876 12,854 12,795 12,781 12,942 12,746 (R) 12,876 12,693 12,722 12,439
Rates per 100,000 numbered boats                                                      
Fatalities 29.6 32.9 27.7 20.1 15.9 11.6 7.9 8.3 7.3 7.1 6.9 7.1 6.0 6.7 6.5 5.8 5.5 5.3 5.8 5.5 5.3 5.4 5.6 5.3 5.6 5.8 5.4
Injuries 37.2 22.4 15.2 29.2 30.9 28.8 34.8 35.8 33.1 31.5 35.7 35.3 37.4 37.0 36.7 33.9 34.1 33.2 31.6 30.4 26.3 26.7 27.3 28.5 26.2 26.4 25.3
Accidents 109.5 90.7 74.2 86.4 64.3 65.0 58.3 59.4 54.3 56.1 60.4 68.3 67.6 65.4 64.1 62.3 60.6 49.9 44.4 42.5 38.4 38.4 39.0 40.3 37.7 37.2 37.0
Accident reports citing alcohol involvementc N N N N N 279 568 513 504 381 389 472 601 698 704 633 696 375 357 362 331 402 403 421 387 397 395
Property damage (current $ millions)d 3.2 4.7 8.2 10.4 16.4 20.0 23.8 24.8 34.8 20.2 25.9 21.5 23.2 29.0 31.0 28.9 34.7 31.3 39.2 40.4 35.0 38.7 43.7 53.1 54.3 35.9 35.6

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.

a The numbers for recreational boating safety fatalities in 2000 are raw numbers. Coast Guard reports a 6% addition as instructed by the DOT Inspector General because it found a discrepancy in a review of the Search and Rescue Management Information System (SARMIS) and BARD data. (See the discussion found in the DOT FY2003 Performance Plan/2001 Performance Report on pg. 135 under data details of recreational boating fatalities, available at http://www.dot.gov/performance/ as of Feb 10, 2010).

bNumbered boats in 1960 is an estimate.

c Starting in 2001 only cases where alcohol is determined to be a direct or indirect cause of an accident are reported. Previous years include cases where alcohol was present but played no role in the accident.

d 1992 data includes $11 million damage due to a boat fire.

NOTES

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

On July 2, 2001, the Federal threshold of property damage for reports of accidents involving recreational vessels changed from $500 to $2,000.

SOURCE

Vessels involved for 1960 and 1965, and property damage for 1994 and 1995:

U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard (CG), Office of Boating Safety, personal communication, May 15, 2002.

All other data:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), tables 8, 9, 16, 28, 30 and 35, available at http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx as of Aug. 9, 2011.