Minimum 21-year-old drinking
age laws prevented an estimated 4,441 drunken driving deaths in the last five
years alone, according to a new report released November 6, 2008, by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Acting Administrator David Kelly, who presented the report at a symposium
on the subject led by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said, “Turning our
back on these laws would be a deadly mistake. Minimum drinking age laws are
among the most effective measures ever used to reduce drunken driving deaths
among America's young people.”
addition to estimating lives saved due to 21-year-old minimum drinking age laws,
the new NHTSA study shows the number of lives saved by motorcycle helmets has
risen sharply in recent years, paralleling an increase in motorcycle use.
estimates indicate that lives saved by helmets rose from 1,173 in 2003 to 1,784
in 2007. For the five-year period ending last year, fully 7,502 lives were spared
because motorcyclists used helmets.
new statistical report examined a series of additional safety issues, and showed
that in 2007 alone: frontal air bags saved 2,788 passengers age 13 and older;
child safety seats saved 358 lives of children age 4 and under; seat belts saved
15,147 and could have saved another 5,024 lives had they been worn by all vehicle
occupants involved in fatal crashes.
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