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Thursday, December 26, 2013

AAA Intoxicated Driver Survey Findings

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The holiday season is a time of cheer and love on a large scale throughout communities. Unfortunately, with that comes a lot of poor decision making when it comes to drinking; and many will make the choice to get behind the wheel. Drivers need to be vigilant, keeping an eye on the drivers around them for their safety and the safety of their passengers.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) conducted a survey, finding that one-fifth of licensed drivers who drink occasionally have driven when they thought their alcohol level may have been close to, or over, the legal limit in the past year, according to Bloomberg.

In the past two surveys, AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 14 percent of drivers said they thought they had driven at or over the legal alcohol limit. The survey found that 96 percent of drivers view impaired driving somewhat or completely unacceptable. With 50 percent reporting that drunk drivers are a bigger problem today than three years ago.

“Despite the ubiquitous warnings about drinking and driving especially during the holiday season, alcohol-related crashes still represent one in three motor vehicle deaths,” AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney said in a news release.

What’s more, 68 percent of those surveyed want new cars to have built-in interlock devices, and 63 percent approve of lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.05 percent.
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