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.

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