Drunken Driving

October 6, 2000 • Volume 10, Issue 34
Does America need tougher laws?
By Kathy Koch

Introduction

Four Vermont teenagers died in this car when they crashed on the way home from a night of drinking in Canada, where the drinking age is 18. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Alden Pellett)
Four Vermont teenagers died in this car when they crashed on the way home from a night of drinking in Canada, where the drinking age is 18. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Alden Pellett)

In 1980, 28,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes. But the past 20 years have seen a sea change in attitudes toward drinking and driving. Drunken-driving deaths dropped to a record low in 1999, when “only” 15,786 people died. Encouraged by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other organizations, many states and the federal government have passed tough anti-drunken-driving legislation. Nonetheless, drinking and driving remains a serious national problem, and experts worry that the progress in reducing drunken driving has slowed. While safety advocates say the legal threshold for drunken driving should be lowered to a .08 percent blood-alcohol concentration, the alcoholic-beverage industry says the stricter standard would penalize responsible social drinkers.

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Oct. 09, 1981  Interstate Highway System at Twenty-Five
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Sep. 02, 1960  Progress of the Road Program
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Dec. 13, 1954  New Highways
Jul. 25, 1939  Prevention of Highway Accidents
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Dec. 24, 1932  Federal Highway Aid and the Depression
Apr. 30, 1931  Billboards and Roadside Improvement
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