Evaluating the impact of criminalizing drunk driving on years of life lost due to road traffic deaths in one megacity, China

Xiuqin Xiong, Zhan Wang, Rongbin Xu, Guoxing Li

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Objective: Road safety is an important public health issue worldwide. However, few studies have analyzed the association between criminalizing drunk driving and years of life lost (YLL) due to road traffic deaths (RTDs). Our study can provide useful information about this policy. Methods: We used interrupted time-series analysis to find the changes in monthly YLL and RTD before and after law enforcement began using RTD data from 2008 to 2014 in Tianjin. Results: After adjustment for seasonality, months, holidays, and the number of people in each district, criminalizing drunk driving was followed by a 11.1% (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1–21.1%) reduction in risk of RTDs and a corresponding 778.1-year (95% CI, 200–1,355.1) reduction in monthly YLL. The reduction in YLL was especially significant among males, those aged 16–64 years old, and suburban residents. Conclusions: This study highlights that the law can lead to a reduction in YLL due to RTDs in Tianjin, China. Large immediate public health benefits resulted from the new road traffic law in China. YLL provides a complementary measure for examining the effect of criminalization on drunk driving RTDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-352
Number of pages5
JournalTraffic Injury Prevention
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2019


  • criminalizing drunk driving
  • drink driving
  • drunk driving
  • law
  • Road traffic death (RTD)
  • years of life lost (YLL)

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