Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

$138 Billion Auto Crash Cost; over 80% Attributed to Drivers with High BAC

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

$138 Billion Auto Crash Cost; over 80% Attributed to Drivers with High BAC

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a new study calculating the economic toll of mo vehicle crashes. The study, which is based on data collected from 1990, puts the overall cost of tra close to $138 billion, with each fatality costing $702,000, due to lost productivity at home and in $137.5 billion represents 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product in the United States.

The study, only the third of its kind since 1975, reflected the largest losses, by far. David Slee scientist with the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, was alarmed at the findi indicates the cost of motor vehicle crashes is enormous," he said, indicating that the new statistic all of us, in terms of their magnitude."

The report implicates alcohol-related crashes as a major factor. While one-third of the total moto crash cost was caused by drivers who had alcohol in their blood, 81 percent of the costs involved th concentrations (BAC) over . …

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