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Even Very Low Blood Alcohol Content Associated With Causing Car Crashes

(1/21/2014)

Even Very Low Blood Alcohol Content Associated With Causing Car Crashes
Medical News Today
January 20, 2014

Even "minimally buzzed" drivers are more often to blame for fatal car crashes than the sober drivers they collide with, reports a University of California, San Diego study of accidents in the United States. The researchers used the official U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database for the study, because it is nationally comprehensive and because it reports on blood alcohol content (BAC) in increments of 0.01 percent. They focus particularly on "buzzed drivers," with BAC of 0.01 to 0.07 percent, and, within this group, the "minimally buzzed" (or BAC 0.01 percent). Researchers found that drivers with BAC 0.01 percent - well below the U.S. legal limit of 0.08 - are 46 percent more likely to be officially and solely blamed by accident investigators than are the sober drivers they collide with.

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Keywords: blood, alcohol, content, car, crashes, drivers



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