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Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Encyclopedia (of NHTSA)
An excellent source of data for alcohol-related crashes is the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, www.nhtsa.gov), especially "Persons Killed and Highest Driver Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in Crash" [http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/States/StatesAlcohol.aspx]. [You may need to click twice on this url to open it.]  This resource provides data at the state and county levels.   The highest driver blood alcohol concentration (BAC) involved in a crash may be zero, some impairment but below the legal limit, or legally impaired (.08). This table reports the total number of alcohol-related deaths and what percent they represent of all deaths from these accidents.

The FARS Data is reported annually to Congress and the public and summarizes information on fatal injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes.   You can run a query to retrieve data by state and county.   Data is available regarding alcohol-related crashes, time and day of week of crashes, trends, and there are map making capabilities. 

From the main page, select “STATES,” then “Alcohol,” then “Indiana” to see the 92 counties’ data.