Table 5-9 Fatalities by Highest Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in Highway Crashes: 2005–2010

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  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Total fatalities 43,510 42,708 41,259 37,423 33,883 32,885
Fatalities in alcohol-related crashes (BAC = .01+) 15,985 15,970 15,534 13,826 12,731 11,948
Percent 36.7 37.4 37.6 36.9 37.6 36.3
BAC = 0.00            
Number 27,423 26,633 25,611 23,499 21,051 20,838
Percent 63.0 62.4 62.1 62.8 62.1 63.4
BAC = 0.01 - 0.07            
Number 2,404 2,479 2,494 2,115 1,972 1,720
Percent 5.5 5.8 6.0 5.7 5.8 5.2
BAC = 0.08+            
Number 13,582 13,491 13,041 11,711 10,759 10,228
Percent 31.2 31.6 31.6 31.3 31.8 31.1

KEY: BAC = blood alcohol concentration.

NOTES: Total fatalities include those in which there was no driver or motorcycle rider present. BAC values have been assigned by U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 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 for Fatalities in alcohol-related crashes (BAC = .01+) may not add to totals due to rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/ as of February 2012, as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-26, available at http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/publications as of January 2013.