- The Washington Times - Friday, November 14, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The article highlighting how motorists caught driving under the influence can be allowed to walk free without facing a judge is deeply troubling (“DUI offenders slip through state information gaps,” Nation, Wednesday). Hard-core drunken drivers - those who drive with a high blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 and above; who do so repeatedly as demonstrated by having more than one drunk-driving arrest; and who are highly resistant to changing their behavior despite previous sanctions, treatment or education - are responsible for 58 percent of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and are 380 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a non-drinking driver. These drivers, as the article mentions, must be kept off our nation’s roadways.

Next year, Congress will reauthorize the transportation bill. Opportunities abound to improve state data systems that would prevent these dangerous drivers from going on a drunken cross-country joy ride.

I commend the states that have taken important steps necessary to remove these offenders from the road, and I encourage your readers to visit www.dwidata.org to learn more about the most dangerous drivers on our roads: the hard-core drunken drivers.

SUSAN MOLINARI

Chairman,

Century Council

Arlington

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