The promised new legislation against drinking and driving is expected to be ineffective. The initial success of the 1967 legislation on drinking and driving is discussed and reference made to the detection, from driver fatalities since that time, of the increase in alcohol consumption. The reason given is the tiring risk of detection. A sustained campaign of breath-testing is advocated to detect the problem drinker and increase the general risk of detection. Present breath-testing arrangements are described and the article pinpoints the need for increased law-enforcement and practical changes to increase the efficiency of its application. The effect of the Australian seat-belt legislation is considered and hope is expressed that similar legislation will be introduced in Britain. (TRRL)

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1980-12

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 1514
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 281
    • Issue Number: 6254
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334109
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM