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Who is most at risk?

- Young people:

  >At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people     than for older people.

  >Among drivers with BAC levels of 0.08 % or higher involved in fatal crashes in 2009, more than one out of every 3     were between 21 and 24 years of age (35%). The next two largest groups were ages 25 to 34 (32%) and 35 to 44     (26%).
- Motorcyclists:

  >Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2009, 29% had BACs of 0.08% or greater.

  >Nearly half of the alcohol-impaired motorcyclists killed each year are age 40 or older, and motorcyclists ages 40-     44 have the highest percentage of deaths with BACs of 0.08% or greater (44%).

- Drivers with prior driving while impaired (DWI) convictions:

  >Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior     conviction for DWI than were drivers with no alcohol in their system? (8% and 1%, respectively).

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention; Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety; Motor Vehicle Safety: Impaired Driving
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