From the September 1972 magazine.

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Two Highway Threats

"Ingestion of alcohol by pedestrians is an important factor in severe highway crashes, just as alcohol is important in the injury of drivers and their passengers," writes Prof. Julian Waller of the University of Vermont, in California Medicine.

Of all highway deaths in the U.S., Prof. Waller estimates, 20% are pedestrians; percentages rise in metropolitan areas to put these deaths in the majority. Among adult pedestrians killed, half have high blood-alcohol concentrations. "In most such fatalities involving alcohol, the pedestrian, rather than the driver, is responsible for initiating the crash."

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