Incidence of Drugs and Alcohol in Fatally Injured Motor Vehicle Drivers

    Volume 22, Issue 2 (April 1977)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1977

    Page Count: 7


    Petty, CS
    Chief medical examiner, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Tex.

    Garriott, JC
    Chief toxicologist, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Tex.

    Zumwalt, RE
    Assistant medical examiner, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Tex.

    DiMaio, VJM
    Medical examiner, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Tex.

    (Received 14 May 1976; accepted 27 July 1976)

    Abstract

    Previous studies have implicated drugs as a significant factor in intoxicated motor vehicle drivers [1,2]. Little has yet been published on the incidence and role of drugs in motor vehicle crash fatalities, however. A comprehensive study by the Midwest Research Institute on specimens from victims of motor vehicle crashes procured from a number of geographic locations has indicated an incidence of positive drug findings of 13.09% in the urine of fatally injured drivers [3]. In only about 4% were drugs detected in the blood of victims, however.


    Paper ID: JFS10600J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10600J

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