The literature on the role of alcohol in traffic, and particularly in traffic accidents, is extensive and conveys the impression that many of the problems have been studied and scientifically processed. Yet concrete results are sparse - the number of accidents caused by alcohol shows no signs of decreasing as the years pass. Simple methods which are acceptable to the general public are needed in order to determine the effect of alcohol in traffic. Experience shows that the breathalyser test, provided it is used according to instructions and regulations, is a reliable method of discovering drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. This is the view held by Milan Valverius, professor and dean of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Umeaa University, who describes an investigation of the effect of alcohol in traffic which has been in progress in the Lycksele Police District since January 1976. In routine controls prior to January this year a total of 8323 motorists were tested. Of these, 13,0.15% had too high a content of alcohol. In connection with traffic accidents far more motorists had illegal alcohol content in the blood - in excess of 0.5 promille - namely a good 2.8%. (TRRL)

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    Centralfoerbundet foer Alkohol-och Narkotikaupply

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  • Publication Date: 1979


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 27-31
  • Serial:
    • Alcohol and Other Drugs
    • Volume: 73
    • Issue Number: 2/3
    • Publisher: Centralfoerbundet foer Alkohol-och Narkotikaupply
    • ISSN: 0345-0732

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00307947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM