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13.2 Alcohol Involved Crashes & Fatality Rates

This indicator notes the percentage of traffic collisions locally which involve alcohol, whether or not anyone was injured.

This indicator is part of Safe travel on streets.

Indicator description:

This indicator notes the percentage of traffic collisions locally which involve alcohol, whether or not anyone was injured. The comparison data consists of traffic fatalities involving drunk drivers. Albuquerque's local trend shows improvement and is now lower than many peer Southwest cities.

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Why is this indicator relevant?

Alcohol is involved in 40% of traffic deaths nationwide; among persons under 21, alcohol is involved in 36% of traffic deaths. Research shows that local policies have a direct effect upon rates of alcohol related traffic fatalities. Lower rates of alcohol related traffic fatalities were found in communities that limit access to alcohol, including licensure of outlets that serve alcohol and strict enforcement and discipline of outlets that violate the law. Studies also demonstrated that communities can decrease alcohol related motor vehicle fatalities by providing better access to substance abuse treatment while reducing the ease with which alcohol is accessed in the community, and by addressing drinking among teens and young adults.


Data Sources:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System data, city-data.com; New Mexico Department of Transportation, UNM/DGR.

What can we tell from the data?

  • The percent of traffic collisions in Albuquerque in which alcohol is a factor dropped from 2009 to 2010--its lowest level in five years.
  • Compared to peer Southwest cities, Albuquerque has shown improvement in decreasing the rate of fatalities involving drunk drivers.

 

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