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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 Information about National 3D Month is available at and


  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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