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30 A Day Die In Alcohol-Related Crashes

ATLANTA (UPI) — An average of about 30 people a day in 2010 in U.S. motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver, federal health officials say.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said this amounts to one death every 48 minutes and the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totaled more than $51 billion a year.

Of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0-14 years in 2010, 17 percent involved an alcohol-impaired driver, the CDC said.

Though episodes of driving after drinking dropped 30 percent in the past five years, it remains a serious problem — alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in about one-third of crash deaths in 2009, the CDC said.

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  • anonymous

    What caused the other 83%? Obviously, not alcohol related and more of a problem than alcohol.Could it be that bad driving caused them?That would mean that drunk driving is not near as bad a problem as propaganda would have people believe, and that most ‘alcohol related’ accidents are just cases of bad driving that the person happened to have alcohol in their system at the time.Of course, then the courts would lose a huge racket if people actually looked at the facts and got rid of the unconstitutional dui laws.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    THIS STORY EXISTS BECAUSE OF THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN COLORADO AND WASHINGTON. MARIJUANA LOBBYISTS WANT TO DEMONIZE ALCOHOL. YES – WE ALL KNOW ABOUT ALCOHOL-RELATED VEHICULAR CRASHES. BUT, AT LEAST, WE LIQUOR-DRINKERS DO NOT HAVE FEDERAL-LAW ENFORCEMENT “BREATHING DOWN OUR BACKS.”

    IN COLORADO AND WASHINGTON, FEDERAL AGENTS WILL BE ABLE TO PROSECUTE DOPE SMOKERS FOR BREAKING FEDERAL LAW. THESE DOPE SMOKERS ARE FOOLS TO BELIEVE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL PROTECT THEM.

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