Driving Under the Influence
From 2001 to 2020, there were 540 fatal collisions in which at least one driver tested positive for methamphetamine (methamphetamine-involved ) in LAC (Figure 1), accounting for 12.1% of all fatal collisions involving alcohol or drugs (N=4,465).
Note: Data for 2020 were preliminary and are subject to change.
DUI Fatalities and Injuries
From 2001 to 2020, there were 598 fatalities and 418 injuries from methamphetamine-involved fatal collisions (Figures 2-3).
Methamphetamine-positive drivers were more likely to be male, aged 25-44, and white
The drivers who died in fatal collisions and had tested positive for methamphetamine (N=479) were predominantly male (N=406, 85%), and over half of them were aged 25-44 years (N=271, 57%) (Figures 4-5).
Among drivers who died in fatal collisions (for which race/ethnicity information was available from death certificates) and who had tested positive for methamphetamine, whites (47%) and Latinxs (40%) accounted for the largest race/ethnic group, followed by blacks (8%), Asian/Pacific Islanders (API) (3%) and other (American Indian and multiple race) (Figure 9).
Meth-positive drivers most often took meth in combination with other drugs
- Among the 541 drivers in LAC fatal collisions who tested positive for methamphetamine, over half (52%) also tested positive for other drugs, 24% also tested positive for both alcohol and other drugs, and 10% also tested positive for alcohol (BAC > 0.08). Only 14% were positive for methamphetamine alone (Figure 7).
AOD: Alcohol and other drugs.
Colorado Department of Public Safety. Division of Criminal Justice. Office of Research and Statistics. (2018). Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol. A Report Pursuant to House Bill 17-1315.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 2001-2020.