Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Fatality Percentages

Fig: Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Fatality Percentages

The percentage of youth fatalities that were alcohol-related in 1998 was 35.8. By comparison, the percentage of adult fatalities that were alcohol-related was 40.3.

  • The proportion of youth fatalities that were alcohol-related dropped by over 27 percent-age points since 1982 (63.2% to 35.8%). This is a decline of over 43 percent in that proportion.
  • Since 1982, the proportion of adult fatalities that were alcohol-related dropped by over 18 percentage points (58.4% to 40.3%), a 31 percent reduction in that proportion.
  • The alcohol-related percentage of motor vehicle fatalities for youth increased slightly in 1998, from 35.2 percent to 35.8 percent.
  • The youth alcohol-related percentage has been less than 50 percent since 1989. Since they are less than half of youth motor vehicle fatalities, alcohol-related fatalities are no longer the leading cause of death for this age group.
  • In 1998, 7 percent of licensed drivers were ages 15 through 20. However, approximately 14 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes were in this age group. Alcohol was in the blood of 21.3 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes and 28.4 percent of driver fatalities in this age group.
  • 42 percent of 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old crash fatalities were alcohol-related. This compares to 38.4 percent for the total population. However, 54.1 percent of 21- to 39- year-old crash fatalities were alcohol-related.
  • In 1998, Utah had the lowest percentage of crash fatalities that were alcohol-related for youth (14.9%). South Carolina had the second lowest percentage (16.5%). The National percentage was 35.8%.

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