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The Effects of False Identification Laws with a Scanner Provision on Underage Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities

Erik Nesson () and Vinish Shrestha ()
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Vinish Shrestha: Department of Economics, Towson University

No 2016-17, Working Papers from Towson University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We examine the effects of false identification laws with a scanner provision (FSP laws) on alcohol-related fatal accidents involving underage drivers using data on traffic fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Administration from 1998 to 2014 and information on alcohol control policies from the Alcohol Policy Information System. We find that the implementation of FSP laws reduced alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 16-18 year olds without a statistically significant change in non alcohol-related fatalities among 16-18 year olds or in alcohol-related fatalities among 21-24 year olds. Our results are stable across a number of different specifications. A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that if all remaining states passed FSP laws, the reduction in underage alcohol-related traffic fatalities among 16-18 year olds would generate nearly $250 million in annual economic benefits.

Keywords: Underage alcohol consumption; Drunk driving; DWI; False ID laws; Scanner provision. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea and nep-tre
Date: 2016-10, Revised 2016-10
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