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3. Evaluation of Minnesota's High-BAC Law

High BACs Among Fatally Injured Drivers

It was hoped that the effects of the high-BAC statute on alcohol-related crashes could be determined. In all states, information on a driver’s BAC is generally not available for non-fatal personal injury and property-damage-only crashes. However, Minnesota has a very high rate of testing drivers for alcohol in fatal crashes. For example, in 2000, 93 percent of fatally injured drivers were tested for alcohol.

The percentage of high-BAC drivers among fatally injured drivers who were tested for alcohol was examined for the years 1997-2000. The percentage rose from 14.4 percent in 1997 to 17.9 percent in 1998 and then fell to 16.2 in 1999 and 2000. However, these differences were not statistically significant (X2 = 1.6, df = 3, p = .66).