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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 2010 March;130(1):69-75
Alcohol-related road crashes: a nine-year experience in the town and province of Ferrara
Righini F. 1, Gaudio R. M. 1, Talarico A. 1, Brunaldi V. 1, Barbieri S. 1, Sanchioni R. 1, Feltracco P. 2, Molinari M. E., Avato F. M. 1
1 Sezione di Scienze Forensi, Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Terapie Avanzate, Laboratorio di Tossicologia, Università di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italia
2 Dipartimento di Anestesia e Terapia Intensiva, Ospedale di Padova, Italia
Aim. The aim of this retrospective was to analyze the laboratory alcoholimetric data obtained from the cases of acute intoxication referred to the Laboratory of Toxicology of the Forensic Medicine Department of Ferrara from the hospitals of the town and the province, after an on-the-road examination held Police, from January 2000 to December 2008, in a sample of 566 cases.
Methods. The alcolimetric data were obtained using a GC-HS technique.
Results. In the nine-year period 566 cases were taken into consideration: 307 positive results (54.2%) were ascertained; among those, 264 were males (85.9%) and 43 females (14%), aged between 18 and 70 years, with a mean of 36 years for men and 31 years for women. It is here necessary to underline that the greatest incidence of intoxication was found during the week-ends (49.2%).
Conclusion. From the examination of the data, that were evaluated considering the present law (D.L. 2007 October 2, n. 160 C.d.S.), a decrease of positive results of the values 0.8-1.5 g/L and superior to 1.5 g/L is clearly observed; nevertheless, for values among 0.5 and 0.8 g/L no significant changes were observed.