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TitleSeminar on legal blood alcohol limits
AuthorsMcLean AJ, Holubowycz OT, McCaul KA
TypeConference Paper
AbstractWith the generous sponsorship of the S t a t e Government Insurance Commission, the NH&MRC Road Accident Research Unit convened a seminar in June 1987 t o review the research basis for the selection of legal blood alcohol levels for drivers. The seminar was attended by 12 invited participants, all of whom have been involved in research or related activities in this area (see Appendix 1). It has been difficult to identify any effect on accident frequency as a consequence of a reduction in the legal blood alcohol limit because such a reduction has usually been accompanied by changes in enforcement practices and/or public educational campaigns ( see Appendix 2). There was general agreement in the seminar that lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05 will , in itself, be unlikely to produce any long-term reduction in the frequency of alcohol-related crashes. It was accepted that the maintenance of a high level of randan breath testing and associated publicity was needed if lowering the limit was to have any lasting effects.
SponsorState Government Insurance Commission
Conference NameSeminar on Legal Blood Alcohol Limits
Conference LocationAdelaide, Australia
Conference Date11-12 June 1987
Page Count8
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

McLean AJ, Holubowycz OT, McCaul KA (1987) 'Seminar on legal blood alcohol limits', Seminar on Legal Blood Alcohol Limits, Adelaide, Australia, 11-12 June 1987.