Tagged: Road Traffic

NEWS: Why Big Alcohol Opposes Road Safety in India

India’s Supreme Court ruled to ban the sale of liquor in proximity to major roads to reduce the number of deaths caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol – a massive problem across India. But major global alcohol companies oppose(d) the road safety measure…

NEWS: South Africa: Plans to Lower BAC Limit

The President of South Africa has announced that legal limit of blood alcohol content when driving will be lowered. The measure is intended to prevent and reduce alcohol-related road traffic injury – a serious obstacle to development. Meanwhile the Transport Minister has said the AARTO bill, recently signed into law will be implemented in June. He states the AARTO system will make sure the strictest action be taken against those who drive under the infleunce of alcohol…

NEWS: USA: Calls to Lower BAC Limit

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) calls to lower BAC limit in all states of USA to 0.05%. The NTSB cites several reasons why the move would benefit people and economy. It is estimated that lowering the BAC limit in every state to .05% could potentially save up to 1,790 lives a year…

NEWS: Hypocrisy: Diageo Gathers Anti-DUI Pledges

In the latest hypocrisy, the global alcohol giant Diageo – which is part of causing alcohol deaths around the world – is collecting pledges against driving under the influence (DUI).
Diageo has teamed up with Formula 1 to collect more than 20 million consumer pledges to never drive while under the influence of alcohol, as part of its global “Join the Pact” campaign…

NEWS: Germany: Increase in Addictions

According to the the epidemiological addiction survey 2018, in Germany, taking painkillers and cannabis use is increasing. Comparatively smoking cigarettes and alcohol use is going down, but is still one of the highest in the region. Nearly 14% of respondents were dependent on at least one substance. Projected to the population, this is equivalent to 7 million out of 50 million 18- to 64-year-olds…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Road Fatalities Peak

Deaths caused by driving under the influence of alcohol on UK roads rise to the highest level since 2009. Findings prompt calls to reduce Britain’s 80mg alcohol limit, one of the highest in Europe.
The number of people killed in alcohol-related road crashes has reached an eight-year high. Department for Transport (DfT) data shows there were between 230 and 270 fatalities in accidents where at least one driver or rider was over the alcohol limit in 2017. The median figure of 250 is the highest in a decade…

NEWS: USA, Utah: DUI Crashes Down After BAC Limit Reduction

Utah introduced 0.05% blood alcohol content (BAC) limit when driving, and in the first quarter of 2019, Utah Highway Patrol stats show alcohol related road traffic accidents have decreased. 0.05% is the strictest BAC limit implemented within the US currently…

NEWS: Week #24 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and exposing Big Alcohol.
Special Feature: This week we feature two awesome stories: Our radio interview about “Big Alcohol and the importance of corporate literacy in the 21st century”. Our joint press release with the East African Alcohol Policy Alliance
For week 24, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Australia, Iceland, Asia, and Kenya.
Fresh science updates cover the link between binge alcohol use and prescription opioid misuse, and the effects of high-density alcohol outlets in Tanzania.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes how Big Alcohol destroyed the alcohol law in Vietnam and how nonsense “Wellness” alcohol is.

NEWS: Iceland Lowers Legal Blood Alcohol Level

The Icelandic parliament Althingi unanimously approved new traffic laws. Decreases in blood alcohol levels are among the adopted changes.
The maximum permissible amount of blood alcohol concentration in a driver will be reduced from .05 to .02 BAC. It is stated that there is a definite policy of the authorities that alcohol and driving motor vehicles do not coincide…

REPORT: Germany: Quantifying Harms to Others due to Alcohol Consumption

This study’s estimates indicate there is a substantial degree of health harm to third parties caused by alcohol in Germany. While more research on harms to others caused by alcohol is needed to provide comprehensive estimates, the results indicate a need for effective prevention…