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Drive Safe and Sober on the Road or Water 
By MADD | July 3, 2013| 3 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

As people across the country make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July, MADD wants to remind adults to plan ahead for a non-drinking designated driver — whether on the road or on the water — if alcohol will be a part of the festivities.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 161 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide over Fourth of July weekend in 2011, which represents a 70 percent increase over the average number of drunk driving deaths per day.

As part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown around the Fourth of July, law enforcement agencies across the country will be intensifying their efforts to deter and detect drunk driving. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  That’s why MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving includes support for high-visibility law enforcement efforts. 

In addition to the dangers posed by drunk driving on roadways, the United States Coast Guard reports that alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in boating fatalities last year; in fact, it was the leading factor in 17 percent of boating deaths.

Whether you’re in a car or on a boat, the dangers of drinking and driving are the same — needless deaths and injuries.

 

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Submitted by slinks at 11:12 PM on July 18, 2013
http://www.columbiacountyobserver.com/master_files/County_News_2013/13_0718_kirby_udate-and-videos.html Money and politics may allow another drunk driver to drive again. Please help spread this link around. If enough see it and learn of this situation, maybe there will be something done. Perhaps it will make it to a media outlet that may expose it. Many of us locally have to remain anonymous as there could be consequences to speaking up or even talking about it. "First-time offenders" have driven drunk an average of 80 times before they're first caught". This one was caught only because he had an accident.
Submitted by Alison at 05:54 PM on July 12, 2013
The most startling story I heard recently involved a drunk bus driver that drove a special needs child to summer school. Awful! And whether it's the driver of the bus or a fellow driver we have to worry about when our children board the school bus each day, the fatalities of these accidents can be reduced drastically if these buses just contained safety belts. SafeHarness is a portable safety belt designed to give our children the option of bus safety. The creators need your help pushing this life-saving product to market and getting it onto buses across the U.S.! They have a fundraiser set up on Indiegogo, which will run until mid August. Please, visit the site, spread the word, and do your part to help make this amazing product available to all! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/safeharness-personal-portable-seatbelts-for-coach-buses?c=home
Submitted by Charles at 09:53 PM on July 10, 2013
"First-time offenders" have driven drunk an average of 80 times before they're first caught". Is MADD sure that this statistic is accurate? If it is, it's mighty scary. RSVP to Charles, e: opentouringcar@yahoo.com

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