This monograph provides information on the incidence of alcohol intoxication amongst drivers, motorcycle riders and pedestrians involved in fatal road crashes during 1998.
Fatally injured motorists 1981-1998
Over the past 18 years, the incidence of drink driving has substantially reduced. Table 1 shows that during 1981, 44 per cent of all drivers and motorcycle riders killed in road crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.050 gm/100ml or greater. This has reduced to 26 per cent in 1998. This reduction in alcohol-related road trauma has come about as a result of strengthened legislation and enforcement in conjunction with high profile media and public education activities. These efforts have had a significant impact on public attitudes towards drink driving. The result for 1998 represents a substantial improvement on the previous year (28%). It comes after a long period in the 1990s where further reductions in the incidence of alcohol related road fatalities appeared to have stalled.
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Type: Research and Analysis Report
Sub Type: ATSB Monograph
Topics: Alcohol, Fatality
Publication Date: 01/07/00