Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm MADD Too


I'm going to quote some figures from a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) fact sheet. Brace yourself.

"Drunk Driving in the U.S.
• In 2005, there were 43,433 total traffic fatalities and of these, 12,945 involved a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater).
• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people from 3 to 33 years old.
• About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving under the influence are repeat offenders. These drivers are 40% more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those without prior DUIs.
• In a recent study, sixty percent of those surveyed said they had operated a car or truck under the influence of alcohol or close to being under the influence of alcohol, up from 57 percent in 2000."

I'm just wondering one thing. Are people who care about expanding transportation options and other smart urban design principles, and people who care about reducing drunk driving deaths, like MADD, working together?

If not, why not? It sounds like our struggles are closely related.

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