The article specifies guidelines for healthy limits for drinking outlines the drink driving situation in the UK, the USA, Germany, Netherlands, France and Australia. For each of these countries, information is given about: (1) legal alcohol in blood concentrat limits for drink driving offences; (2) penalties for drink-drivin offenders; and (3) (for the first four countries) numbers of peop killed in accidents involving drink driving. In the UK, both Alco Concern and the British Medical Association want the legal blood concentration to be reduced to 50mg/100ml (10.9mmol/l). Alcohol Concern would like to see random breath testing on motorists, to deter the hard core of those drivers who still drink and drive. T number of fatalities in the UK, associated with drink driving accidents, decreased from 1170 in 1979 to 510 in 1994. In the USA drivers with blood concentration of at least 100mg/100ml are considered legally drunk, and those with at least 80mg/100ml can convicted of driving under the influence of drink. In 1994, an estimated 16,589 people in the USA died in alcohol-related traffi accidents, about 40% of the total of 40,676 road fatalities. In 1 the numbers of fatalities related to drink-driving were 9814 in Germany and 1298 in The Netherlands.

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    British Medical Association

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  • Authors:
    • DILLNER, L
  • Publication Date: 1996-1-6


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 312-9
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 312
    • Issue Number: 7022
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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  • Accession Number: 00722441
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD,
  • Created Date: Jun 28 2004 12:00AM