Comparison: Crashes by Age and Gender
Knowing the age and gender of those who are most likely to drink and drive can help in developing an effective prevention strategy. For instance, the data show that men are more likely than women to be in fatal alcohol-related collisions. In fact, they are five times more likely.
In addition, we can glean from the data that men between the ages of 21 and 49 are disproportionately represented. They accounted for 458 of the 740 alcohol-related traffic deaths in New York during the period analyzed. It could be highly effective to craft anti-drunk driving messages to reach men in this age range.
One disturbing fact in the data: There were 61 fatal impaired driving collisions involving male and female drivers between the ages of 15 and 20, or 8 percent of the total. Clearly, young drivers need to be made more aware of the life-changing harm a decision to drink and drive can cause.