Road safety, alcohol and public policy (Editorial)

Tay, Richard S. & McCarthy, Patrick (2005) Road safety, alcohol and public policy (Editorial). Transportation Research, Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 41(5), pp. 373-376.

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As one of the leading causes of death and injury that exact a high societal cost, motor vehicle highway crashes are a major public policy concern. The direct economic cost of global road crashes has been estimated conservatively at US$518 billion a year (Peden et al., 2004), with US$207 billion accruing to the European union countries and US$230 billion to the United States of America. Although there are many factors contributing to the frequency and severity of road crashes, drunk driving (also known as drink driving, driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol) is among the principal reasons for crashes in many countries. Of the 38,252 fatal crashes in the US in 2003, for example, 40% were alcohol related, a percentage that has remained relatively stable over the past few years. Consistent with this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a study based on 2000 US crash data, has estimated that alcohol related crashes imposed a $114.3 billion total cost on society.

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ID Code: 8413
Item Type: Journal Article
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2005.03.006
ISSN: 1366-5545
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2009 05:49

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