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May 20, 1961

Drinking Drivers

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835 Republic Bldg., Denver 2.

JAMA. 1961;176(7):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040200073030

To the Editor:—  It is becoming more frequently recognized that the drinking driver plays a far larger role in our traffic death and injury problem than has been apparent. This is brought out in the following tabulation:Two immediate steps are (1) an implied consenttype law in every state (New York, Kansas, Idaho, Utah, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, and Vermont already have this law), which will lead to greatly increased chemical testing for alcohol, and (2) legislation which reduces the prima facie level of intoxication from the present unrealistic 0.15% to the more effective figure of 0.10%. New York is the only state with legislation of the latter type at the moment. While the table represents a broad span of years and a broad geographical distribution, we need more and wider data.

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