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Accession Number PB2011-102412
Title National Survey of Drinking and Driving Attitudes and Behavior: 2008. Volume 1: Summary Report.
Publication Date Aug 2010
Media Count 36p
Personal Author A. Peterson B. Moulton D. Haddix D. Royal L. Drew
Abstract This report presents results from the eighth in a series of national telephone surveys conducted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to assess current status and trends regarding the publics attitudes, knowledge, and self-reported behavior related to drinking and driving. This Summary Report presents key results from the survey, including the reported frequency of drinking and driving, perceptions of drinking and driving as a problem, actions taken to prevent drinking and driving, attitudes and experience with enforcement of the drinking and driving laws, and the perceived effectiveness of different intervention strategies. Twenty percent of the public age 16 and older had in the past year driven a motor vehicle within 2 hours of drinking alcohol, a number largely unchanged from previous survey years. About two-thirds of these drinking-drivers did so in the past 30 days. Computed national estimates showed the public making 85.5 million drinking-driving trips in the past 30 days. Eight percent of the population had ridden in the past year with a driver they thought had consumed too much alcohol to drive safely, with males 21 to 24 (24%) most likely to report this. Thirty percent of drinking-drivers had driven in the past year when they thought they were over the legal limit for alcohol and driving. Of eight intervention strategies read to respondents, alcohol interlocks ranked first in the percentage that believed them very effective in reducing or preventing drunk driving (63%), followed by providing alternate ways for people who have had too much to drink to get home, suspending the license of drunk drivers, and impounding or seizing the vehicle of drunk drivers (all at 54%).
Keywords Alcohol related crashes
Attitude surveys
BAC(Blood alcohol content)
Drinking drivers
Drunken drivers
DUI(Driving under the influence)
DWI(Driving while intoxicated)
Law enforcement
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA)
Program effectiveness
Public opinion
Telephone surveys

Source Agency Highway Traffic Safety
NTIS Subject Category 85D - Transportation Safety
85H - Road Transportation
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Insight Policy Research, Arlington, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final summary rept., Apr 09-Apr 10.
NTIS Issue Number 1103
Contract Number DTNH22-09-C-00120

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