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Lowering the BAC limits : A Canadian perspective Beirness, DJ

By: Beirness, DJPublication details: Alcohol, drugs and traffic safety, 2000; T2000, Stockholm, May 22-26, 2000. Paper, Description: 6 sSubject(s): Sweden | Conference | Traffic regulations | Blood alcohol content | Efficiency | History | Accident rate | Drunkenness | Canada | Cause | Impact study | 842Bibl.nr: VTI P4030:15Location: Abstract: The selection of a per se BAC limit for drivers has often been, and continues to be, a contentious and inherently political issue. In Canada, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights recently considered changes to federal impaired driving legislation, including a reduction in the per se BAC limit from 80 mg per cent to 50 mg per cent. This paper provides a brief history of per se laws in Canada, an examination of the strength of the research evidence on lowering the per se BAC limit, and a discussion of why lower BAC limits have not been more effective in reducing the alcohol-crash problem.
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The selection of a per se BAC limit for drivers has often been, and continues to be, a contentious and inherently political issue. In Canada, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights recently considered changes to federal impaired driving legislation, including a reduction in the per se BAC limit from 80 mg per cent to 50 mg per cent. This paper provides a brief history of per se laws in Canada, an examination of the strength of the research evidence on lowering the per se BAC limit, and a discussion of why lower BAC limits have not been more effective in reducing the alcohol-crash problem.

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