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Donald Redelmeier Found Full Moon is Associated with Fatal Motorcycle Crashes

ITMA's Regional Director in North America, Dr. Donald Redelmeier recently published his work on BMJ to describe the relationship between the full moon and an increased risk of fatal motorcycle crashes. Although other potential confounders cannot be excluded from this relationship, it is worthy to be aware that motorcyclists are facing a higher risk of fatal crashes during a full moon. It is encouraged to ride with extra care under such a circumstance and appreciate the power of seemingly minor distractions at all times. 

Click the image below or the following link to see the full-length paper: "The full moon and motorcycle related mortality: population based double control study".

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Donald Redelmeier Suggests Clinical Actions against Drunk Driving

ITMA's Regional Director in North America, Dr. Donald Redelmeier recently published his work on PLOS Medicine to describe how drunk driving could be prevented through efforts from different domains.  

Following specific strategies were proposed for physicians to help their patients to prevent drunk driving.

  • Alcohol screening and brief interventions for patients with alcohol problems 
  • Physician warnings for patients who sometimes drink and drive
  • Treatment of patients diagnosed with alcohol dependence
  • Counseling of patients not to ride with drunk drivers
  • Supporting enforcement of laws against drunk driving
  • Promoting sobriety checkpoints in local communities
  • Lending voice to mass media campaigns against drunk driving
  • Joining multicomponent interventions in coalitions of community group members

Click to see the full length paper: "Clinical Actions against Drunk Driving".

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Important EU Document on Driver Fitness

The European Commission and its unit for Road Safety, DG MOVE, Unit C2 has recently published a new report that contains important aspects of medical driver fitness issues. It can be found on http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=MI0417247 and is free to download.

It is a systematic quality assessment of papers and a review of the best scientific evidence of effectiveness for different approaches to training, testing and graduated licensing for Category B (car) drivers, graduated licensing for higher motorcycle categories, driving instructor competencies, and requirements on medical fitness to drive (including its relevance for older drivers). The primary focus of the reviews was on road safety outcomes.

The review was produced with international cooperation and the institutions included are Transport Research Laboratory (UK), SWOV (Netherlands), BASt (Germany) Monash University (Australia) and Loughborough University (UK). A short summary by Lars Englund can be found below.

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Traffic crashes during pregnancy can lead to cerebral palsy during infancy

A recent publication from ITMA's Regional Director in North America, Dr. Donald Redelmeier assessed the incidence of cerebral palsy among children born to mothers who had their pregnancy complicated by a motor vehicle crash through a retrospective longitudinal cohort analysis. Results highlight a specific role for traffic safety advice in in prenatal care. 

Click to see the full length paper: "Motor vehicle crashes during pregnancy and ceberal palsy during infancy: a longitudinal cohort analysis". 

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