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Type: Conference paper
Title: Alcohol and road traffic crashes in the Western Pacific region
Author: Ryan, Gerald Anthony
Citation: Alcohol, drugs and traffic safety - T'95 : proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Alcohol and Traffic Safety, Adelaide, 13 August - 18 August 1995 / C.N. Kloeden [and] A.J. McLean (eds.), pp.728-732
Issue Date: 1995
ISBN: 0908204213
Conference Name: International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety (13th : 1995 : Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Organisation: Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR)
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G. Anthony Ryan
Description: Information regarding the size of the drink-driving problem in the countries of the Western Pacific region is rather sparse. Reliable data on the extent of the involvement of alcohol in crashes is almost universally lacking. Some data is available from research and other reports, which suggests that there is a large variation in the size of the problem of drinking and driving in different countries throughout the region. Among the most important factors involved in the drink-driving problem appear to be the number of motor vehicles in use, the availability and use of alcoholic beverages, the laws regarding drinking and driving and the level of enforcement. Since drink-driving is a problem with multiple facets, a multi-disciplinary approach on an inter-sectoral basis is important for developing successful alcohol and drink-driving countermeasure programs. The problem of drink-driving is a subset of a larger road safety problem and overlaps with wider community concerns about excessive alcohol consumption. Therefore, programs which address the broader alcohol-related issues will help reduce drink driving and its effects, and, conversely, programs aimed at reducing alcohol consumption in general will have an effect on reducing the level of alcohol-related road traffic crashes. In the Western Pacific region, each country has its own particular range of circumstances and therefore needs to develop its own particular range of solutions, while taking advantage of the opportunity to share resources, eg of equipment and training, at both regional and national levels.
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