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 Vol 15: Successful Conviction of Intoxicated Drivers at a Level I Trauma Center.


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This article is from Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, volume 15.AbstractIntroduction: Conviction rates for drivers driving under the influence DUI and in motor vehicle collisions MVC presenting to trauma centers are based primarily on data from the 1990s. Our goal was to identify DUI conviction rates of intoxicated drivers in MVCs presenting to a trauma center and to identify factors associated with the failure to obtain a DUI conviction. Methods: Retrospective study of adults 18 years presenting to a trauma center emergency department ED in 2007. Eligible subjects were drivers involved in a MVC with an ED blood alcohol level BAL ≥ 80mg-dL. Subjects were matched to their Department of Motor Vehicle DMV records to identify DUI convictions from the collision, the legal blood alcohol concentration BAC, and arresting officer’s impression of the driver’s sobriety. We entered potential variables predictive of failure to obtain a DUI conviction into a regression model. Results: The 241 included subjects had a mean age of 34.1 ± 12.8 years, and 185 77% were male. Successful DUI convictions occurred in 142-241 58.9%, 95% CI 52.4, 65.2% subjects. In a regression model, Injury Severity Score 15 odds ratio = 2.70 95% CI 1.06, 6.85 and a lower ED BAL from 80 to 200mg-dL odds ratio = 5.03 95% CI 1.69, 14.9 were independently associated with a failure to obtain a DUI conviction. Conclusion: Slightly more than half of drivers who present to an ED after a MVC receive a DUI conviction. The most severely injured subjects and those with lower BALs are least likely to be convicted of a DUI.



Autor: Holmes, James F.; Adams, Christy; Rogers, Patrice; Vu, Phuoc

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