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You walk into a party and things are going well As you walk around you notice that a lot of people have been drinking very heavy and not one person seems to be sober How are all of these people going to get home you ask yourself You wonder if their parents knew if there was going to be such a wide range of alcohol beverages available to their children Have they not told them consequences of drinking and or doing drugs can do to their life if they are caught under the influence while they are driving Or do they just not careIn 1993 an estimated 123 million episodes of impaired driving occurred among US adults1 About 14 million arrests are made annually for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics 1 in every 123 licensed drivers Of the 41907 traffic fatalities in 1996 41 were alcohol-related ie either the driver of the crash vehicle or an affected person not in a vehicle eg a pedestrian or a bicyclist had a blood alcohol concentration of at least 001 gram per deciliter 3The US is making progress toward reducing alcohol-related traffic fatalities From 1985 to 1995 for persons ages 15-34 years the alcohol-related traffic fatality rate declined 32 while the nonalcoholic traffic fatality rate declined 134Drugs other than alcohol eg marijuana and cocaine have been identified as factors in 18 of deaths among motor vehicle drivers Other drugs are generally used in combination with alcohol9 Most fatally injured drivers who have used drugs other than alcohol are male or 25-54 years of age or both9More than 70 of drivers convicted of driving while impaired have serious drinking problems11Even though all of these things are happening people are still drinking and driving So what as a county have we done to correct the problem or try to slow down the people that still believe that they can get behind the wheel of a car while
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