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Public Health Data Inventory

Blood Alcohol Content Data at Time of Arrest

Background

Blood alcohol content (BAC), also called blood alcohol concentration, blood ethanol concentration, or blood alcohol level is most commonly used as a metric of alcohol intoxication for legal or medical purposes. Blood alcohol content is usually expressed as a percentage of alcohol (generally in the sense of ethanol) in the blood. For instance, a BAC of 0.10 means that 0.10% (one tenth of one percent) of a person's blood, by volume (usually, but in some countries by mass), is alcohol.

Type of Data

The data are population-based for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

The law (§60-498.01) requires that a law enforcement officer must submit the administrative license revocation (ALR) law sworn arrest report to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 working days from the date the alcohol test results are available to the officer, with some exceptions. The database contains BAC data for all submitted sworn arrest reports along with demographic and geographic information. The data are collected monthly.

Related Links and Reports

Nebraska Office of Highway Safety

Data Contact

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
DMV Legal Division
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: 402-471-9593