This article, while arguing against the perception that the drunk driver is a killer, is irresponsible and should be jailed, notes the need for a comprehensive approach to the problem of alcohol and traffic safety. Such a system should be based on the recognition of the complex relationship interrelating the vehicle, the roadside environment and the driver, and should include such essentials as reliable traffic records, driver licensing, and emergency medical services. The article discusses that group categorized as that of the chronic problem drinker. The importance of correct diagnosis and teatment for such persons is emphasized. A balanced mix of countermeasures is needed, including enforcement, court adjudication, preventive education, and the 55 MPH speed limit. It is pointed out that tough penalties are not the answer, and that the basic long-range goal should be to change societal attitudes in order to discourage excessive drinking before driving. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) has always supported the national and local promotion of the responsible drinking guidelines. Some of the DISCUS programs are briefly discussed.

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    California Association for Safety Education

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    Anaheim, CA  United States  92804
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  • Publication Date: 1982-10

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  • Accession Number: 00385566
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-035 841
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM