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Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Quarterly Table Reporting Alcohol Involvement in Fatal Motor-Vehicle Crashes

The following table presents alcohol involvement in fatal motor-vehicle crashes in the United States for April--June 1990. This table, published quarterly in MMWR, underscores the tragic impact of alcohol use on highway safety. An accompanying article (page 397 of this issue) addresses different aspects of the epidemiology of alcohol-related traffic fatalities (ARTFs).

A fatal crash is considered alcohol-related by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) if either a driver or nonoccupant (e.g., pedestrian) had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of greater than or equal to 0.01 g/dL in a police-reported traffic crash. Persons with a BAC greater than or equal to 0.10 g/dL (the legal level of intoxication in most states) are considered intoxicated. Because BAC levels are not available for all persons involved in fatal crashes, NHTSA estimates the number of ARTFs based on a discriminant analysis of information from all cases for which driver or nonoccupant BAC data are available. These data may reflect seasonal variations in the occurrence of ARTFs.

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