Letters to the Editor

MADD wants to stop traffic deaths

Every year, more than 30,000 people are killed on our nation’s roads and highways, and nearly one-third are the result of drunk driving.

At this time of year, a reminder about not drinking and driving is in order.

We can dramatically reduce traffic fatality tragedies with better drunk-driving and occupant-protection laws, more public education and enforcement of traffic safety laws.

Restraint use is essential to protect against drunk and impaired drivers during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the highest belt use rate ever recorded — 90 percent.

Yet deaths are on the rise with more people traveling as the economy improves, and more drivers taking risks on the roads that endanger everyone. The study also cited distracted drivers as a culprit in hundreds of traffic fatalities across the country.

We must continue our successful efforts with better traffic safety laws, designated drivers and a culture of belt use for all occupants.

In many ways, we are just midstream in the journey to better traffic safety. While automated vehicles offer great promise for safer driving, the country and MADD cannot stand by and wait while thousands of innocent lives are lost every year.

The time for action is now. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) calls upon state legislatures across the country to make traffic safety a part of their upcoming legislative agenda.

MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving is responsible for dozens of new or improved drunk driving laws across the U.S. over the past decade and has helped save thousands of lives.

We urge public support of all traffic safety efforts, especially over the next few critical years, to help reduce the tragedies of traffic fatalities.

Colleen Sheehey-Church,

national president, MADD, Washington, D.C.