The article criticizes widespread statistics and tables which place the quantity of alcohol consumed in relation to the blood-alcohol content which it brings about. The author feels that these statistics do not take account of the problem of alcohol taken in small quantities. He warns against the view that a blood alcohol level up to 0.8 promille is not dangerous, and puts the case for completely alcohol-free driving. Reference is made to the fact that even 0.3 promille is punishable if there is a question of A driving or behavioural error. The dangers which arise from relatively small quantities of alcohol are stressed. The author describes in detail the effects of combinations of alcohol and drugs, the effects of small amounts of alcohol on drivers who are unused to it and who are underweight, the impairment of road safety on bends and the increased sensitivity to glare, the reduction of the field of vision, and the general debilitating effects of alcohol, especially in young people, and uses statistics to show that large numbers of accidents and serious accidents are directly caused by drivers slightly under the influence of alcohol. Finally reference is made to the fact that drunkenness at the wheel is no longer regarded as a "manly" offence, either in public opinion or in the law-courts. /TRRL/

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    Polizer Technik Verkehr Verlag

    Juliusstrasse 2
    D-6200 Wieshaden,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Plonka, H
  • Publication Date: 1973-9


  • German

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 5-7
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096368
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Institute of Road Research, Germany
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1975 12:00AM