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Hospitalization and injury influence on the prosecution of drunk drivers.
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PMID:  8338278     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The influence that injury and hospitalization from alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes may have on subsequent prosecution for drunk driving was studied utilizing concurrent controls consisting of three cohorts of drivers. The cohorts were drunk and injured drivers, drunk and not injured drivers, and sober and injured drivers. Even though the majority of intoxicated drivers were identified by police as having been drinking, evidentiary testing was not uniform. Culpability for the crash was high in the drunk cohorts compared with the sober drivers, and yet there was a statistically significant difference in the conviction rate of injured drunk drivers (59%) compared with uninjured drunk drivers (100%). Injury and hospitalization for drunk drivers after motor vehicle crashes affords protection from prosecution, and may enable ongoing risk-taking behavior by the drunk driver.
J G McLaughlin; R J Smith; C R Mattice; D J Scholten
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American surgeon     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0003-1348     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Surg     Publication Date:  1993 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-08-26     Completed Date:  1993-08-26     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370522     Medline TA:  Am Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  484-8; discussion 488-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic / legislation & jurisprudence*,  statistics & numerical data
Age Factors
Alcoholic Intoxication* / blood,  epidemiology
Automobile Driving / legislation & jurisprudence*
Cohort Studies
Ethanol / blood
Injury Severity Score
Length of Stay
Michigan / epidemiology
Records as Topic
Seat Belts
Sex Factors
Time Factors
Wounds and Injuries* / diagnosis
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