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Drink, death and driving: do BAC limit reductions improve road safety?

Benjamin Cooper (), Markus Gehrsitz and Stuart McIntyre ()
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Benjamin Cooper: Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde
Markus Gehrsitz: Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde

No 1812, Working Papers from University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics

Abstract: This study exploits a natural experiment in Scotland where the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit was reduced from 0.8mg to 0.5mg per 100ml of blood while staying constant in all other parts of the UK. Using a difference{in{differences design, we find that this change in the BAC level had no impact on either traffic accident or fatality rates

Keywords: Road traffic fatalities; traffic accidents; diference-in-differences; blood alcohol (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-09
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