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

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  • Erik Nesson

    () (Department of Economics, Ball State University)

  • Vinish Shrestha

    () (Department of Economics, Towson University)

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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.

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  • Erik Nesson & Vinish Shrestha, 2016. "The Effects of False Identification Laws with a Scanner Provision on Underage Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities," Working Papers 2016-17, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2016.
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    Keywords

    Underage alcohol consumption; Drunk driving; DWI; False ID laws; Scanner provision.;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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