Drunk driving cost U.S. $132 billion in 2009: report
Washington – Drunk driving cost the United States $132 billion in 2009, according to a report from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The report also rated individual states on adoption of drunk driving countermeasures using a five-star scale. The nation received an average of 3 out of 5 stars. The ratings were determined by adoption of:
- Ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers
- Sobriety checkpoints
- Enhanced penalties when driving drunk with children present
- Mandated testing for suspected drunk drivers
- Administrative License Revocations for drunk driving offenders
Five states (Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Utah) received a five-star rating for implementing all of the countermeasures. Five other states (Montana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota) received one star.