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  1. Failure of the legal system to enforce drunk driving legislation effectively.

    Article - En anglais

    Study objective

    To evaluate the investigation and prosecution of drunk drivers and identify reasons for system failure.


    Prospective data collection on all drivers with an elevated blood alcohol level who were treated at a Level I trauma center between January 1 and June 30, 1991.


    Level I trauma center/university medical center serving a population of 1.8 million.


    Prospective data collection, interviewing ambulance squad members, investigating police, and results of prosecution.

    Measurements and main results

    Of 321 drivers, 78 had ethanol levels of more than 100 mg/dL; nine were between 50 and 100 mg/dL.

    All drivers had rapid transport to a trauma center for severe injury or high-risk injury mechanism.

    Police reports were accessible for 84 of 87 drivers; all drivers were believed to be at fault.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Alcoolisme, Accident circulation, Conduite véhicule, Ebriété, Homme, Aspect médicolégal, Etude statistique, Législation, New Jersey, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Alcoholism, Traffic accident, Vehicle driving, Inabriation, Human, Forensic aspect, Statistical study, Legislation, New Jersey, United States, North America, America

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 93-0555128

    Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199406.