WHO to review drivers acceptable alcohol levels

Dr Nkechi Dike (right)interacting with Mr Avi Silverman and Ms Zoleka Mandela. Photo Seth Osabukle

Dr Nkechi Dike (right) interacting with Mr Avi Silverman and Ms Zoleka Mandela.

More than 50 per cent of drivers involved in road traffic crashes had alcohol levels in their blood above the acceptable limit, Dr. Nkechi Dike, a surgeon at the Komfo Anokye Teaching, Hospital (KATH) has revealed.

The acceptable limit is 0.08, but the World Health Organisation intends to reduce it further to 0.02

She said the number represented only those who were injured and sought medical treatment after a crash.

Dr. Dike said the findings followed a study held months ago to ascertain alcohol levels of drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

The report of the study has already been published in an international journal.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times in an interview on the sidelines at a forum on road safety in Accra yesterday, she said stakeholders in road safety should step up their game to prevent accidents which resulted in deaths and life-threatening injuries.

Dr. Dike disclosed that contrary to the perception that drivers were the worst offenders of drunk driving, some passengers examined had alcohol intoxication way above the acceptable level in their blood.

She said alcohol impaired one’s judgement, and could result in accident.

Asked what should be done to reduce the number of casualties caused by drunk driving, the surgeon said she had educated drivers who visited the facility to reduce alcohol consumption, as they risked losing their lives and those of others.

Dr. Dike called for the implementation of policies and traffic regulations and intensification of education on road safety for drivers.

By Malik Sullemana

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