THE RISK OF AN ACCIDENT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL - A NEW RISK STUDY FROM SWEDEN

DAS RISIKO DES UNFALLS BEI ALKOHOLISCHER BEEINFLUSSUNG - EINE NEUE RISIKOSTUDIE AUS SCHWEDEN

A description is given of a roadside study carried out in Umea, Sweden. Between 27th January 1976 and 15th May 1977, 2149 vehicles were stopped and only 4 drivers having taken alcohol were found. At the same time all accident fatalities were examined for the presence of alcohol and drugs and, to calculate the risk of an accident under the influence of alcohol, the one-man accidents only were compared with those in the sober control group. It was established that the one man accidents where there was alcohol in the blood amounted to 17 percent, and in the sober control group to 0.18 percent. The risk of suffering a fatal accident is 174 times greater when alcohol is present in quantities of more than 1.5 parts per million. The risk of being injured is 100 times greater when alcohol is present than when drivers are sober. Systematic traffic controls bring about a reduction of drunken driving. Random sample checks in Sweden during 1976 and 1977 also highlighted only 1 percent of cases in which alcohol was present. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Verlag der Oesterreichischen Aerztekammer

    Weihburggasse 10-12
    Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • VALVERIUS, M
    • Moberg, J
  • Publication Date: 1979

Language

  • German

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00316867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM