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April 24, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(17):1301-1302. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670430043018

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The Problem of the Intoxicated Motor Driver  The "True Temperance Scientific Committee," which consists of a number of physicians and others interested in the problem of alcohol who take up an antiprohibition attitude, has issued a useful pamphlet on the difficult current question of the intoxicated motor driver. The committee insists that the word "drunk" is not enough to signify an offense and thinks that legislators should abandon its use. "Simple drunkenness" (to adopt the phraseology of the licensing statistics) should not be a legal offense at all; it is not the drunkenness that matters to the law; it is the nuisance or harm to the public committed by a person in a state of absence of self-control with which the law is properly concerned. If he is incapable on the public highway, it is the business of the police to look after him not because of his drunkenness but

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