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Date:2/17/2010

omen. They should point out some of the potential consequences of drunken driving, such as jail time, disfigurement and other crippling injuries, which may resonate with women, she said.

But Dean-Mooney said that the public has become saturated with drinking-and-driving messages. The next step in controlling the problem, she said, is technology that prevents drunken drivers from starting their cars -- something she predicted would eventually be on every car.

In the meantime, Vaca said, people should simply never drive when drunk and never get into a car with someone they know is drunk at the wheel.

"Traffic accidents are still the leading cause of death among young people," he said.

More information

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has more on drunken driving.



SOURCES: Federico Vaca, M.D., M.P.H., professor, emergency medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Laura Dean-Mooney, national president, Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Judy Schaechter, M.D., associate professor, pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami; Feb. 18, 2010, Injury Prevention


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