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Citation

Ostrom M, Eriksson A. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2001; 33(2): 173-180.

Affiliation

Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Forensic Medicine, UmeƄ University, Sweden. mats.ostrom@rmv.se

Copyright

(Copyright © 2001, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

11204887

Abstract

Since the share of alcohol-positive victims has been reported not to show the same reduction in pedestrian fatalities as in other 'road users', this study analysed pedestrian fatalities with special emphasis on the presence of alcohol. Autopsied pedestrian fatalities (286 victims) in northern Sweden from 1977 to 1995 were investigated, using autopsy and police reports. Blood alcohol was detected in 19% of the fatalities, with a median concentration of 1.6 g/l. The proportion of test-positive victims did not change significantly during the period of study. Males more often tested positive for alcohol than females (24 vs. 11%). Further, the test-positive victims had a lower mean age (49 vs. 59 years) and the proportion of test-positive victims was higher during weekends and nights. Pedestrian fatalities testing positive for alcohol differ from those testing negative in several respects. The public should be enlightened of the fact that drinking is a risk not only among users of motor vehicles, but also among pedestrians. Separation of pedestrians from motor vehicles by, e.g. fences, is of greatest importance.

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