Driving Under the Influence
From 2001 to 2017, there were 482 methamphetamine-involved fatal collisions in LAC (Figure 1).
Note: Data for 2017 were preliminary and are subject to change.
DUI Fatalities and Injuries
From 2001 to 2017, there were 538 fatalities and 376 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=435) were predominantly male (N=369, 85%), and over half of them were aged 25-44 years (N=245, 56%) (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 (41%) accounted for the largest race/ethnic group, followed by blacks (7%), 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 483 drivers who tested positive for methamphetamine, three-quarters (75%) also tested positive for other drugs, and one-third (33%) also tested for alcohol (BAC > 0.08). Only 15% 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), 2001-2017.