NHTSA: 1 in 5 admit drinking & driving
Federal officials Wednesday punctuated their annual summer's-end announcement of a crackdown on drunk driving with the release of a survey which revealed that one in five Americans admit to climbing behind the wheel after drinking.
The survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also found that eight percent of all drivers, as many as 17 million people, have driven drunk at least once during the past year. The study found that few 16 to 20 year-olds admitted to driving after drinking, but those who did said they drank almost six alcohol beverages at one sitting. Eight percent of those 16 and older said in the past year they have been the passenger of a driver they thought may have consumed too much alcohol to drive safely.
The annual crackdown by thousands of law enforcement across the country will run through Labor Day. The effort will be supported by $13 million in television and radio advertising from NHTSA.
-- Ashley Halsey III
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