NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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Statement from NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman on MADD's campaign to eliminate drunk driving

November 17, 2011

Yesterday, MADD marked the 5th Anniversary of the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving by releasing a progress report and emphasizing strong laws, high visibility enforcement, and vehicle technology. Every 48 minutes, someone dies in a traffic crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. On behalf of the NTSB, I want to commend MADD for turning these unnecessary deaths into a call for action that is making a difference.

Our nation can't afford to be complacent about this problem; it hasn't been solved yet. While highway deaths have decreased in recent years, one-third of those deaths still involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. The provisions that MADD recommends and additional measures to hold offenders accountable for changing their behavior can prevent future crashes, injuries and deaths.

The NTSB looks forward to working with MADD and our other partners to address alcohol-impaired driving, an issue highlighted on our Most Wanted List.



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