Because we are sick and tired of people dying and getting injured by drunk
drivers. In getting to know some of the MADD representatives, we
learned that wrecks caused by drunk drivers are not properly called
"accidents." Collisions? Okay. Wrecks? Okay. But not "accidents,"
because someone does not "accidentally" get drunk; someone who is drunk
does not "accidentally" crank a car up; and someone who is drunk does not
"accidentally" get up onto a highway and slam a vehicle into innocent
motorists or pedestrians.
Because it is both heart-breaking and sickening that more than 42% of all
highway deaths in Alabama in 2007 were alcohol-related; 475 children of
God, 475 of our friends and neighbors -- 475 people's lives ended in
alcohol-related highway deaths. In the hands of a drunk driver, "a car
becomes a weapon," said Col. Chris Murphy, Director of the Alabama
Department of Public Safety. SOURCE: 8/25/08 Birmingham News,
"Alcohol Involved in 42% of State's '07 Road Deaths," p. 1A (citing Ala.
Dep't of Public Safety statistics)
Because, despite the courageous and outstanding work of our troopers and
law enforcement officers, 42 states have lower alcohol-related road fatality
rates per million vehicle-miles traveled. SOURCE: 8/25/08 Birmingham
News, "Alcohol Involved in 42% of State's '07 Road Deaths," p. 1A (citing
Ala. Dep't of Public Safety statistics).
Because the number of alcohol-related highway deaths was 28% higher in
2007 than in 2001 -- 475 in 2007, from 371 in 2001.
We commend Governor Riley for funding new equipment to help law
enforcement curb this tragedy. We commend our troopers and all of law
enforcement for the risks they take every moment of every day to combat
this plague. But the battle cannot be won by the governor and law
enforcement alone. Read the next tab -- "Talk to Your Kids" -- whether
you have kids or not. Learn about the problem. Teach someone. Talk
about the problem. Print off the data and tape it up at a school, or at
church, or anywhere else you can think of. After all, you live in Alabama --
and if you plan on using the state's highways, wouldn't you like to know
that you did your part in at least trying to make them safer for your family?
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