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DISCUS finds a drop in driving fatalities.

DISCUS finds a drop in driving fatalities

Along with each holiday season traditionally comes increased concern about drinking and driving. This year, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) reports that some national studies indicate that drunk driving fatalities are declining.

"As a leading sponsor of responsible alcohol use initiatives, we're encouraged that the liquor industry's efforts are contributing toward a reduction in drunk driving," said F.A. Meister, president, DISCUS.

The percentage of fatal crashes involving alcohol dropped over the past five years, according to a December 1988 report from the national Centers for Disease Control. In 1987, 51 percent of all U.S. traffic deaths were alcohol related, compared to 57 percent of 1982's traffic deaths.

In addition, a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Youth Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Fatalities report shows a decline in alcohol-related youth crashes. The proportion of drivers aged 15-20 involved in crashes who were intoxicated decreased from 31 percent in 1982 to 21 percent in 1987. The proportion of fatally injured drivers aged 15-20 that were intoxicated decreased from 43 percent in 1982 to 30 percent in 1987.
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Title Annotation:Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Nov 27, 1989
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