Alcohol-Related Vehicular Homicides
Every year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
publishes statistics on traffic issues such as crash test results,
driver alcohol involvement in fatal crashes, etc. The website for
the NHTSA is http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/.
According to the chart on the HGTSA website published in July
of 2006, the age group of 20-29 and 30-39, has the highest involvement
of alcohol related fatalities for passenger cars, SUVs, pickups
and vans. Motorcycle operators, however, involved the age group
of 30-39 and 40-49, as the highest driver alcohol involvement in
Log into the above website and you will discover that for the
four years that the NHTSA has been tracking these statistics, the
age groups of 20-29 and 30-39, always comes out much higher than
any other age group with regard to alcohol-related driving fatalities.
These age groupings are highlighted in yellow. With the exception
of motorcycle related alcohol induced fatalities, the numbers are
significantly higher with the young adult age group.
Below you will find some of the charts that indicate the percentage
of fatalities that involve young adults. Not only are 35% to 40%
of all alcohol-related vehicular fatalities involving this young
adult category, but it is in every type of vehicle listed except
They list the blood alcohol level in these charts as .10. In the
State of Pennsylvania, though, the legal limit before a person is
deemed intoxicated is now .08, which means that these statistics
probably become even higher for the young adult population.
On the charts from the NHTSA, they also break down the alcohol
level for these fatalities by vehicle. According to the NHTSA, in
2003, SUVs and pickups were involved in the most number of fatalities.
Pickups – 25% were at .11 – 50% were at .17 –
75% were at .22
SUVs – 25% were at .11 – 50% were at .16 – 75%
were at .21
According to the website, three-fourths (75%) of drivers with
alcohol in fatal crashes had BAC levels of .10 or .11 which is greater
than the legal limit in all States, the District of Columbia and
One-fourth (25%) of drivers with alcohol in fatal crashes had
BAC levels of .21 which is more than twice the legal limit in all
States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Motorcycle operators with alcohol in fatal crashes had lower BAC
levels overall, but due to the danger of motorcycles, fatalities
often occur after an accident because the motorcyclist is not adequately
Below is the chart for the average male and female for alcohol
consumption in the State of Pennsylvania. You will see the correlation
between weight and amount of drinks. The results will also vary
according to other conditions such as if you have eaten before alcohol
consumption, the time period in which the alcohol was consumed,
Source: Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Vol. 42, No.7,
Source: University of Wisconsin Center for Health
Sciences, 1988, and U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, 1992.