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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month -- December 1996

Persons who drive while impaired by alcohol or other drugs are a public health hazard to themselves and to others. During 1995, alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes resulted in 17,274 deaths in the United States; intoxication rates in fatal crashes were highest for persons aged 21-24 years (1). Alcohol-related traffic crashes remain a leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults.

The injuries, disabilities, deaths, and economic and social costs associated with impaired driving are enormous and preventable. December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Coalition, a nationwide public/private sector coalition for the prevention of crashes related to impaired driving. Additional information about National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month is available from the Impaired Driving Division, Office of Traffic Injury Control Programs (NTS-11), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590, telephone (202) 366-9581.

Reference

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts, 1995: alcohol. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Research, and Development, 1996.


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