Study reveals startling numbers of drunk drivers

Officials say police need to increase the number of sobriety checkpoints

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 4 million Americans admitted to drunk driving in 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found about 80-percent of those who reported driving drunk were men.

The majority of them were between the ages of 18 and 34. For many residents in western Massachusetts these statistics, although alarming, aren’t that surprising.

Derek Bushey of West Springfield told 22News, “A little worried that that many people are doing it. And there’s definitely more than that doing it, they’re just not admitting it. I know friends that are out late and I just hope that none of them run into that.”

Public health officials say police need to increase the number of sobriety checkpoints, strictly enforce minimum legal drinking age laws, and increase alcohol taxes to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads.


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