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Instances of Driving under Influence in USA and Around the World

July 31, 2017, Author: FSA

road safetyA lot of the progress that has happened across the world in the last ten years is as a result of the lessons that have been learned from an array of countries across the world.  There are valuable lessons that can be gotten from various countries as far as driving under the influence is concerned. A case is in point is in the lessons that the United States learned from the British Roads Safety Act of the year 1967. The act was made in connection with deterrence. Moreover, various lessons can be deduced from the alcohol policy as well as the serious enforcement of the same efforts that Scandinavian countries have put in place. The random breath testing that takes place in Australia has been a major factor in efforts to enforce the law in the United States. It is therefore imperative for The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to come up with ways to help collect information from around the world as far as driving under the influence is concerned.

Various countries have different definitions when it comes to crashes caused by alcohol or any other drug usage while driving. Some countries term an accident as alcohol-related if only the driver is tested positive through the use of a specified device a breathalyzer. Some countries have extrapolated the definition of an alcohol-related crash to involve the pedestrian.

If a pedestrian who has been affected in a road accident is tested positive for alcohol, the accident is also classified as a driving under influence (DUI) accident. In the United States of America, a fatal crash according to

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is termed as alcohol-related if a pedestrian or a driver has a measurable BAC value of either 0.01 g/dl or above.

[Source: CDC]

Other countries, however, indicate that a crash is termed as alcohol-related if the blood alcohol content (BAC) of a driver goes beyond the allowable limit for that particular country. Illegal limits are defined differently in various countries.

If the blood alcohol content of a pedestrian is over a given limit, say 0.05 or 0.08, the crash that happens to such a pedestrian is termed as alcohol-related. Some countries have gone a level higher. A driver is not actually considered to have been drunk while driving simply because of the presence of alcohol. Police reports are used to determine if the driver should be charged for driving under the influence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) makes use of the police reports so as to deduce whether an accident was fatal or not.

It is clear that countries have gone deeper to establish the causes of accidents so as not to implicate an innocent driver. This has led to elimination of bias when dealing with fatal crashes. The degree to which alcohol is involved in a crash is a major determinant in the accuracy of the estimated alcohol involvement in road crashes. A higher number of drivers needs to be tested so as to determine that there will no biases. Moreover, some countries perform autopsies to establish if the pedestrian or the driver was actually involved in alcohol before the occurrence of the crash.

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