Traffic accidents are a serious problem in Turkey. The economic loss due to traffic damage was estimated to be over 1,395 billion Turkish liras (approximately 600 million U.S. dollars). These accidents cause about 2,500 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries every year. However, not much data has been collected in Turkey on the effects of drugs and alcohol on these statistics. This paper reports the results of a survey of 366 drivers to determine their blood alcohol level. These drivers fell into one of three groups: normal drivers who were obeying the traffic rules; drivers who committed traffic offences; and drivers who were involved in traffic accidents. Results showed the following: alcohol is an important factor as regards the risks of traffic accidents as well as traffic offences; a direct relationship exists between the blood alcohol level and impairment of driving skill; the dangerous effects of alcohol and driving can be decreased by the establishment of a legal blood alcohol level and strict control; and a legal limit of 0.5 per mile is recommended as a safety measure.

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    International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine

    Huddinge University Hospital Center, Traffic Medicine Center
    Stockholm,   Sweden  141 86
  • Authors:
    • Vural, N
    • Saygi, S
  • Publication Date: 1984

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 61-64
  • Serial:
    • Journal of traffic medicine
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine
    • ISSN: 0345-5564

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 553
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM