Nearly one-quarter of Indiana traffic fatalities involve alcohol

July 08, 2010

In 2009, 157 (24.9 percent) of 631 fatal collisions and 168 (24.3 percent) of 692 fatalities in Indiana involved alcohol. Nationally in 2008, 11,773 people were killed in traffic collisions where at least one driver involved had a blood alcohol content (BAC) result that qualified as impaired driving, defined as 0.08 grams per deciliter(g/dL), or higher. This fact sheet provides summary data on Indiana traffic collisions involving alcohol. Collision data are stratified by BAC results into alcohol-related collisions and by the highest BAC result for drivers in collisions. Included are general trends in collision outcomes, the incidence of alcohol-related driving by driver age, alcohol involvement by locality, and county level statistics..