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Drinking and driving: an international good practice manual (2007)

The second good practice manual, on drinking and driving, was launched by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) ahead of the UN Road Safety Week.

Drinking and driving is one of the main causes of road crashes worldwide. In high-income countries about 20% of fatally injured drivers have excess alcohol in their blood, while in some low- and middle-income countries these figures may be up to 69%. Effective drinking and driving programmes have the potential to save thousands of lives, and was identified by the World report on road traffic injury prevention as a proven and effective measure to reduce death and injury on the road.

The good practice manual Drinking and driving, a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners, proposes simple, effective and low-cost solutions to prevent drinking and driving that can be implemented on a national or local level. It targets governments, non-governmental organizations and road safety practitioners, particularly those in low and middle-income countries.

The manual draws on experience from countries that have succeeded in reducing drinking and driving and includes guidance on the following:

  • The background evidence to start a drinking and driving programme;
  • The steps needed to undertake a problem assessment in a country;
  • How to plan and implement a programme, including setting up a working group, developing a plan, examples of laws and enforcement, how to develop public education and publicity campaigns, and finally how to evaluate the programme.

In developing this manual the authors have drawn on case studies from around the world to illustrate ‘good practice’. The manual is being implemented in a number of countries through Global Road Safety Partnership programmes.

Drinking and driving was produced in collaboration with the WHO, World Bank, and FIA Foundation as the second in a series of road safety good practice manuals being published as part of the UN Road Safety Collaboration.


Full Report

Chinese [pdf, 4.11Mb] | English [pdf, 1.48Mb] | Portuguese [pdf, 1.6Mb] | Spanish [pdf, 4.55Mb] | Turkish [pdf, 7Mb] 

Chapters [English]

Cover [pdf, 288kb] | Table of contents [pdf, 43kb] | Introduction [pdf, 298kb] | Why is a drinking and driving programme necessary [pdf, 397kb] | Assessing the situation and choosing priority actions [pdf, 288kb] | How to design and implement a drinking and driving programme [pdf, 632kb] | How to evaluate the programme [pdf, 262kb] | Appendices and acronyms [pdf, 223kb]

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