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To examine the effect of China's drunk driving policy, high-quality data are needed
  1. Guoqing Hu1,
  2. Susan P Baker2
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China
  2. 2Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg of School of Public Health, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Guoqing Hu, Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Central South University. 110 Xiangya Road, Changsha, Hunan 410078, China; huguoqing009{at}

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Alcohol-related driving is a serious public health problem worldwide. In 2004, drunk driving caused an estimated 268 000 deaths, accounting for 21% of global deaths from road traffic crashes.1 In China, drunk driving has emerged as a growing threat since the mid-1990s. According to national statistics based on police data, road traffic mortality from drunk driving more than doubled between 1996 and 2004.2

In response, in 2004 the government of China began to adopt unprecedented, stringent penalties for drivers convicted of drunk driving. Beginning in 2007, even stricter penalties were introduced, and the government reported a 44% decrease in drunk …

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  • Funding This publication was supported by the 2009 New Central Scholar Support Grant of Ministry of Education of China (NCET-10-0782), and by Grant Number 5R49CE001507 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.