Every 22 minutes, someone will die in an alcohol-related traffic accident. Although you probably think that it could never happen to you, experts say everyone has a 40% chance of being in a crash involving alcohol use sometime in their life. According to a Gallup survey, funded by State Farm, of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drunken driving is our No. 1 highway safety problem. Through education, increased law enforcement and stiffer penalties, the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents can be reduced.
Since the early 1980’s, there has been a substantial decline in drinking and driving and in the number of alcohol-related deaths and injuries on the roads. However, drinking and driving remains one of the main causes of death and injury. Between 1993 and 1996 casualties in drink drive accidents had begun to rise again, but in 1997 this trend again went into reverse and there were further falls in the number of casualties.
In 1997, there were a...