Identify Effective Underage Drinking and Driving Countermeasures

Even though all States have enacted laws making any alcohol illegal for drivers under 21, in 2009, 24% of drivers under the age of 21 involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .01. Nationwide, legislative measures, such as setting the minimum legal drinking age to 21 and adopting zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21, have helped decrease underage alcohol-impaired motor vehicle fatalities. While legislative changes typically result in significant behavior changes, they require substantial resources and are not targeted on a community’s exact needs. In addition, most programs focusing on underage drinking are aimed at deterring drinking and not specifically reducing impaired driving and alcohol-involved crashes. The primary goal of this project is to implement effective countermeasures that reduce underage drinking and driving and alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes. As a first step in that direction, a systematic literature review comprised of qualitative and quantitative elements will be performed to identify effective countermeasures that reduce underage drinking and driving and alcohol-involved crashes. From these studies, relevant traffic safety results will be evaluated and the key variables/program components (countermeasures) related to the drinking and driving and alcohol-involved crash reductions for underage drivers will be delineated.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Johnson, Kristie

    • Performing Organizations:

      Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Incorporated

      8283 Greensboro Drive
      McLean, VA  United States  22102
    • Start Date: 20140924
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Alcohol Impaired Driving
    • Subprogram: Teen Driver

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01625570
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-14-F-00585
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Feb 6 2017 3:42PM