New report offers recommendations on reducing DUI, alcohol-related injuries and death

A new report offers a recommended package of policies to reduce crashes and associated deaths. These include lowering the permitted BAC, increasing taxes on alcohol, increased use of sobriety checkpoints, use of ignition locks, and reduced advertising and outlets for the purchase of alcohol. But alcohol-industry representatives and others, although recognizing the problem, express doubt about the effectiveness of the recommendations.

International perspective: Road safety, design, and alcohol consumption

A pair of international studies from Australia and the European Union examined roadway safety. A number of factors help explain why Australia’s traffic fatality rate is less than half of the U.S. rate. And strict blood alcohol content limits can reduce fatalities but must be coupled with supportive policies that reduce alcohol consumption overall.

Alcohol and gasoline prices: Their impact on traffic fatalities and the economy

Alcohol and gasoline prices are having unexpected impacts on traffic fatalities, as well as causing damage to economies. A study from an economics professor at Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana explored the relationship between per capita alcohol consumption and traffic fatalities, as well as the relationship between increased gasoline prices and traffic fatalities among young drivers (age 15–24).