The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 37 133 motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States in 2017, of which 10 874 (29.3%) involved alcohol-impaired drivers.1 Trauma systems frequently care for intoxicated drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes; however, these drivers represent only a small fraction of those at risk. According to data from the early 1990s, the estimated distance traveled by intoxicated drivers was 9.7 miles (to convert miles to kilometers, multiply by 1.6)2; however, data on the empirical vehicle miles traveled (VMT) are lacking. Accordingly, this study used the Place of Last Drink (POLD) database,3 created by the Partnership for Change, to estimate the miles driven by intoxicated drivers.
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West MA, Smith A, Helm T, Reicks P, Thorson M, Gipson J. Use of a Statewide Public Health Tool to Estimate Miles Driven by Intoxicated Drivers. JAMA Surg. Published online June 19, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1720
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