The effectiveness of a new law to reduce alcohol-impaired driving in Japan

Takashi Nagata, David Hemenway, Melissa J. Perry

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Objectives: To estimate the impact of a new traffic law targeting alcohol-impaired driving in Japan. Methods: Japan passed a new traffic law in June 2002 with the aim of reducing the incidence of alcohol-impaired driving by reducing the permissible blood alcohol level and increasing penalties. Using data collected from police reports, the number of traffic fatalities and injuries for 7 months in the pre-law period (June 2001 to December 2001) and the same 7 months in the post-law period (June 2002 to December 2002) were compared. Results: Traffic fatalities decreased 7.8% and traffic fatalities involving alcohol-impaired driving decreased 26.7% after the introduction of the new traffic law. Traffic fatalities had been falling since 1993, but fell substantially faster after the law was passed. Conclusions: This study indicates that large, immediate public health benefits resulted from the implementation of the 2002 alcohol-impaired driving law in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-369
Number of pages5
JournalJapan Medical Association Journal
Volume49
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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The effectiveness of a new law to reduce alcohol-impaired driving in Japan. / Nagata, Takashi; Hemenway, David; Perry, Melissa J.

In: Japan Medical Association Journal, Vol. 49, No. 11-12, 01.11.2006, p. 365-369.

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Nagata, Takashi ; Hemenway, David ; Perry, Melissa J. / The effectiveness of a new law to reduce alcohol-impaired driving in Japan. In: Japan Medical Association Journal. 2006 ; Vol. 49, No. 11-12. pp. 365-369.
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