Study: Alcohol involvement leads to more devastating farm-equipment crashes

Published on December 21, 2017

A relatively low portion of accidents between farm equipment and passenger vehicles involve alcohol. But those that do tend to be more dangerous and deadly, according to a new study out of the University of Iowa.

Karisa Harland, UI adjunct assistant professor of emergency medicine, led the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded research from the UI’s Great Plains Center for Agriculture Health.

She said the hope for the study — published this month in “Traffic Injury Prevention,” a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal — is to educate motorists and farmers and encourage preventive practices.
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Additional Media Coverage

Des Moines Register/Press-Citizen
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2017/12/21/ui-study-75-percent-drunk-driving-car-tractor-crashes-end-up-injury-death/966197001/

Ag Web
https://www.agweb.com/article/drunk-drivers-and-farming-dont-mix/

Feedstuffs
http://www.feedstuffs.com/news/farm-equipment-related-crashes-often-involve-alcohol

High Plains Journal
http://www.hpj.com/crops/farmers-should-be-cautious-of-impaired-drivers-at-night/article_b24acc2e-340a-573f-8b71-b2540403cc9d.html

Nebraska Radio Network
https://nebraskaradionetwork.com/2017/12/29/crashes-involving-farm-equipment-cars-deadlier-with-alcohol/