Drunk Driving

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the number of drunken driving deaths in the United States rose last year after holding steady.

Wendy Hamilton said about 300 people are being killed each week in the U.S. in "completely preventable crashes."

The statistics were part of MADD's "Rating the States" report, in which the advocacy group graded each state and the nation as a whole on efforts to stop drunken driving.

Alabama earned a C. The nation also earned a C, California earned the highest mark, a B+, while Montana was the only state to flunk.

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Rating the States 2002

With alcohol-related traffic deaths on the rise, the United States was handed a "C" grade in the war on drunk driving, according to the MADD Rating the States 2002 report card released Nov. 21, 2002 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the GuideOne Foundation. The last time MADD issued the Rating the States report was in 1999 when the nation earned a "C+" grade.

Sixty percent of each state's overall grade was based on its alcohol-related fatality trend and priority drunk driving laws. The other 40 percent was based on political leadership, blood-alcohol testing and records, law enforcement programs, administrative measures and criminal sanctions, underage drinking prevention, and victim issues.

Founded in 1980, MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. MADD has more than 600 affiliates and two million members and supporters.

State Grades

B+

California

B

Georgia
New York
North Carolina
Oregon

B-

Arkansas
Arizona
Florida
Kansas
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Ohio
Utah

C+

Illinois
Indiana
Mississippi
Oklahoma
Virginia
Washington

C

The Nation as a whole
Alabama
Colorado
Hawaii
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
Pennsylvania
Vermont
Wisconsin

C-

Connecticut
Delaware
Idaho
New Hampshire
Tennessee
Texas
West Virginia
Wyoming

D+

District of Columbia

D

North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota

D-

Alaska
Massachusetts

F

Montana

Source: http://www.madd.org (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) contributed to this report.


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