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Arroyo wants drink driving criminalised.

Road accidents leading cause of deaths

Manila Citing 2009 figures that showed there has been a 6.2 per cent increase in alcohol-related accidents nationwide, Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo wants her colleagues to approve a proposal declaring driving under the influence of alcohol or liquor a criminal act.

The former president-turned House of Representatives member wants Congress to approve House Bill 382, a proposed law she authored together with her son Rep. Diosdado M. Arroyo imposing penalties for drunk driving.

Arroyo, who represents the second congressional district of Pampanga province, said local studies show that drivers under the influence of alcohol have a significantly higher risk of being involved in a road accident than those who have not consumed alcohol.

"The World Health Organisation [WHO] and various studies showed that alcohol intake, depending on the level of intoxication, results in impairment which increases the likelihood of a crash since it produces poor judgment, decreased reaction time, lower vigilance and decreased visual acuity," Arroyo said.

The proposal was filed amid a slew of news reports on tragic road accidents involving the deaths of dozens of passengers, motorcycle riders and other motorists. Highway accidents are among the leading causes of mortality in the country. Arroyo lamented that these road accidents are attributed to several factors, a significant percentage of which include driving under the influence of alcohol.


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Date:Sep 12, 2010
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