Author(s): Hingson R, Heeren T, Winter M
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to determine whether reductions in alcohol-related fatal crashes following adoption of 0.08\% legal blood alcohol limits were independent of general regional trends. METHODS: The first five states that lowered legal blood alcohol limits to 0.08\% were paired with five nearby states that retained a 0.10\% legal standard. Within each pair, comparisons were made for the maximum equal available number of pre- and postlaw years. RESULTS: States adopting 0.08\% laws experienced 16\% and 18\% relative postlaw declines in the proportions of fatal crashes involving fatally injured drivers whose blood alcohol levels were 0.08\% or higher and 0.15\% or higher. CONCLUSIONS: It all states adopted 0.08\% legal blood alcohol limits, at least 500 to 600 fewer fatal crashes would occur annually.
This article was published in Am J Public Health
and referenced in Journal of Forensic Research