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    Drunk driving cost U.S. $132 billion in 2009: report

    November 30, 2011

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    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.

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