Each year, there are about 40,000 Americans killed in motor vehicle-related accidents. In 2011, alcohol was a factor in nearly 10,000 of these fatalities. On average, one in every three Americans will be involved in a drunk-driving accident in their lifetime. Almost 1.5 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. However, is estimated that during that year, adults got behind the wheel of a car at least 112 million times after drinking too much. The incidence of drunk driving is the highest (24%) in the 20-25 year-old age group and about one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders. Surveys found that on average, convicted drunk drivers have driven under the influence 80 times before their first arrest.
S.979 & H.R.1665 – Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention Act of 2013
H.R.498 – Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Reauthorization Act
I oppose reforming current drunk driver policy and wish to defeat S.979 & H.R.1665 and H.R.1498
I support withholding a portion of a state’s federal-aid highway funds if that state has not enacted, and is not enforcing, a law requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device for a minimum of 180 days on each motor vehicle operated by an individual convicted of driving while intoxicated, and wish to pass S.979 & H.R.1665
I support collecting data and conducting or supporting new research on underage drinking that improves and conducts public health surveillance of alcohol use and alcohol-related conditions in states among individuals between age 18 and 20 by increasing the use of surveys to monitor binge and excessive drinking and related harms, and wish to pass H.R.1665