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Notice to Readers: National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month --- December 2005

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D Month). During 2004, alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes resulted in 16,694 deaths in the United States, accounting for 39% of all traffic fatalities. This amounts to one alcohol-related death every 31 minutes (1). Moreover, approximately 21% of all crashes that killed children aged <14 years in 2004 were alcohol-related (1), and nearly two thirds of children killed in alcohol-related crashes were in the same car as the drinking driver (2).

To decrease alcohol-related traffic fatalities, communities must implement and enforce strategies that are known to be effective, such as sobriety checkpoints, 0.08% blood alcohol concentration laws, minimum legal drinking age laws, and "zero tolerance" laws for young drivers. Information about such interventions is available at http://www.thecommunityguide.org/mvoi. Information about National 3D Month is available at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov and http://www.stopimpaireddriving.org/holidayplanner2005/planner/index.cfm.

References

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts 2004, alcohol. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 2004. Publication no. DOT-HS-809-905.
  2. Quinlan KP, Brewer RD, Sleet DA, Dellinger AM. Characteristics of child passenger deaths and injuries involving drinking drivers. JAMA 2000;283:2249--52.

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Date last reviewed: 12/1/2005

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