BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATIONS AMONG TRAFFIC FATALITIES IN INNER NORTH LONDON: A RESEARCH NOTE

This note presents a brief analysis of the records of the St Pancras Coroner's Court as they deal with cases of traffic fatalities. The British Transport and Road Research Laboratory relies on reports by coroners to estimate the prevalence of alcohol in the blood among traffic fatalities. Bias may enter into the official statistics due to the failure of coroners to test fatalities for blood alcohol concentrations, as well as their failure to report the results fully to the laboratory. This report addresses the extent of failure to test, based on records compiled by a single coroner's court. The analysis found that testing for the presence of alcohol in the blood was fairly complete. However, in certain crash configurations few tests were administered to the victims. Although there is no way to generalize statistically from the area studied to the entire country, these data are unique and their results are suggestive. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wright (John) and Sons, Limited

    42-44 Triangle West
    Bristol,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Laurence, C
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 233-234
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 4

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308872
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM