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Alcohol is an important factor in one-third of all pedestrian deaths. Alcohol impairs the physical agility and balance. It also adversely affects judgement and other thought processes. This is true whether the alcohol is in a driver or a pedestrian. The alcohol impaired driver is a major threat to pedestrians and all other road users.

Researchers have found that for a pedestrian, a very high level of alcohol is associated with risk of being in a pedestrian crash. That level is 0.20 grams/deciliter blood alcohol concentration (BAC) compared to the national standard of 0.08 g/dcl BAC to be considered an impaired driver.

Alcohol impairment remains a very difficult problem. For more information on this issue, visit the links below.

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Helpful Links:

The Facts. Impaired Pedestrians:
Whether you are a motorist or a pedestrian, this one-page publication lists advice for dealing with alcohol-impaired pedestrians and reducing potential injury. NHTSA.

Alcohol Impaired Pedestrians Among Diverse Populations:
Summary of a study that addressed the involvement of various cultural populations in alcohol-related pedestrian crashes, and suggested potential countermeasures targeting this problem. NHTSA.

Motor-Vehicle-Related Deaths Involving Intoxicated Pedestrians -
United States, 1982-1992:

An article from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Part of the CDC.

Impaired Pedestrians:

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