This paper provides a summary to two national surveys conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation of Canada. The purpose of the work was to ascertain the practices and procedures of coroners and/or medical examinrs as well as the laboratory testing agencies. The principal focus was on practices or procedures that could affect the reliability or comparability of information relating to alcohol and drug involvement in traffic fatalities. Such data are used extensively for policy making, information programs, and education purposes, so the accuracy of the statistics is of utmost concern. Results of the surveys showed that there are considerable variations in the practices and that these must be considered carefully when intra-provincial comparisons are made. Many of the disparities occurred with such low frequency that in the overall aggregate picture, their effects were nominal, but several differences, such as the frequency of testing for drugs, rendered a meaningful interpretation of natural data rather difficult. Areas of improvement and suggestions for future work are discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)

    401-1111 Prince of Wales Drive
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 126 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00142065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1977 12:00AM