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15% of US alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol under the legal limit

Sobering new data on drinking and driving: 15% of US alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol under the legal li
The number of lower blood alcohol concentration fatalities is substantial. States with more restrictive alcohol policies have reduced odds of lower blood alcohol concentration motor vehicle crashes than states with weaker policies. Credit: Lira MC, et al. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2020.

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that motor vehicle crashes involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) below the legal limit of 0.08 percent accounted for 15 percent of alcohol-involved crash deaths in the United States. Of these deaths, 55 percent of fatalities were individuals other than the drinking driver, and these crashes were more likely to result in youth fatalities compared with crashes above the legal BAC limit.

Alcohol-involved motor vehicle accidents remain a leading cause of injury-related death in the US. Most research on crashes and alcohol focuses on alcohol above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, but cognitive

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