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  NCJ Number: NCJ 158923     Find in a Library
  Title: Safety Study: Fatigue, Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Medical Factors in Fatal-to-the-Driver Heavy Truck Crashes, Volume 1
  Corporate Author: National Transportation Safety Board
Bureau of Safety Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 1990
  Page Count: 190
  Annotation: Human factors involved in heavy truck accidents that were fatal to the driver were analyzed using data from 182 accidents involving 186 trucks in eight states from October 1987 through September 1988.
  Abstract: The accidents resulted in 207 fatalities. The accident investigations were conducted in California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. These accidents represented approximately 25 percent of this type of accident nationwide. Results revealed that fatigue and fatigue-drug interactions were involved in more fatalities than alcohol and other drugs alone. Of the 57 drivers who were fatigued, 19 were also impaired by alcohol, other drugs, or both. Violation of the Federal hours of service regulations was strongly associated with drug usage. Drivers with at least one suspended or revoked license were ore likely than other fatally injured drivers to have used drugs of abuse. Findings formed the basis for recommendations to Federal and State agencies, trucking industry trade associations, the truckers' union, law enforcement, and training programs. Details of recommendations, figures, photographs, tables, appended methodological and background information and additional results, and 87 references
  Main Term(s): Drug related fatalities
  Index Term(s): Accident investigation ; Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ; Highway safety ; Traffic accidents ; Truck drivers
  Sale Source: National Transportation Safety Board
Bureau of Safety Programs
Washington, DC 20594
United States of America
  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: DCC. Report No. NTSB/SS-90/01
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