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DRINKING AND DRIVING IN AMERICA

A 2005 MADD and Nationwide Insurance Survey Conducted by Gallup

 Drinking and Driving: Americans’ Greatest Highway Safety Concern

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  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs was listed as the greatest highway safety problem by the largest percentage of respondents (37 percent)—up from 29 percent in 2000– followed by speeding (27 percent) and cell phones (19 percent).
  • Most respondents (94 percent) cite driving under the influence of alcohol as a major highway safety problem, followed by driving under the influence of illegal drugs (87 percent) and aggressive drivers (83 percent).

 Most Americans Support Sobriety Checkpoints

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  • Eighty-seven percent say they support the use of sobriety checkpoints to check for drunk divers.
  • Support for sobriety checkpoints has increased from 79 percent in 1993 to 83 percent in 2000 to 87 percent in 2005.
  • Eighty percent say they would be discouraged from drinking and driving by sobriety checkpoints, up from 76 percent in 2000.

 Top 10 Factors to Discourage Drunk Driving

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  • Realizing they could kill or injure others                                96 percent
  • Realizing they could kill or injure themselves                      91 percent
  • Jail sentence                                                                                         91 percent
  • Possibility of losing their license                                                   89 percent
  • Paying substantial fines                                                                      85 percent
  • Having car impounded                                                                       85 percent
  • Installing an ignition interlock in vehicle if caught                81 percent
  • Fear of losing their job                                                                        80 percent
  • Sobriety checkpoints                                                                           80 percent
  • Increased auto insurance rates                                                       80 percent

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Simera Reynolds, M.Ed.

MADD Nebraska

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