Feds Look to Toughen Alcohol Limits for Drivers

NTSB chairman says changing threshold will reduce deaths from alcohol-impaired driving.
2:20 | 05/14/13

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Today we need to considered a safety report. Reaching zero. Actions to eliminate alcohol impaired driving. This is critical because impaired driving remains one of the biggest killers in the United States. -- 25 years ago today. Our nation saw the deadliest alcohol impaired driving crash in US history. A drunk driver drove his pick up the wrong way on interstate seventy wind near Carrollton Kentucky. He hit a school bus and killed 24 children. And three adult chaperones. Injuring thirty and four more. Today our thoughts are with those families. In Carrollton Kentucky or recognizing this 25 anniversary of that crash. That same year. Impaired drivers. Would kill thousands more. Let's look at how well we're doing as a nation to address the national epidemic. Of alcohol impaired driving. As I'll explain we have made progress. Since that deadly night in Kentucky. But it's -- not nearly enough. In 1982. The first year and it says Faris tracking system. 21113. People. Died in US crashes. Involving alcohol impaired driving. This represented nearly one half of all highway deaths. Today the percentage of deaths due to alcohol impaired driving is about 13. Of -- all highway fatalities. Moving the percentage. From one half. To 13. Of highway fatalities has taken great effort by thousands of dedicated people in many organizations. Significant progress started in the 1980s. And continued. To -- 1990s. Much credit goes to groups like remove intoxicated drivers. And Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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