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Alcohol Related Traffic Deaths

Since the creation of MADD in 1980, alcohol related traffic accidents have had a declining death rate. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these deaths totaled 26,173 in 1982 and fell to 16,885 in 2005. Because of this massive decrease in alcohol related traffic deaths, MADD has claimed that their efforts were instrumental in the decrease.

This may not actually be the case. Although MADD has been advocating laws that are supposed to protect against drunk driving injury and death, there are several other factors that could have contributed to this decrease in total alcohol related traffic deaths. For instance, vehicle safety has increased greatly since the early 1980s. This has led to a decrease in deaths in traffic accidents overall. This includes both alcohol related and non-alcohol related deaths.

The attitude of the public toward drunk driving has also changed greatly since the 1980s. This may or may not have anything to do with MADD. It does, however, contribute to the decrease in alcohol related traffic deaths.

The effectiveness of the .08 BAC laws has also been evaluated. These laws do not necessarily reduce the number or severity of alcohol related accidents. However, these laws mixed with other drunk driving laws, public information and education, and consistent enforcement can certainly save lives.

Speak with a Dallas DWI Attorney Today

Because so much is being done to prevent drunk driving, the penalties for DWI are becoming more and more steep. If you have been charged with a DWI, contact the Dallas DWI attorney, Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.


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