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Caution Ahead: New Years Ranks as Deadliest Day on U.S. Roads   By PRWEB

WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) December 26, 2012

As Americans prepare for holiday celebrations, AAA reminds drivers and passengers alike of the dangers on the roads this New Years Day, which consistently ranks as the years deadliest day for alcohol-related fatalities. To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA is announcing its support of ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders, and offers important safety advice to partygoers.

AAA is not alone in its concern about impaired driving or strong support for tough policies for convicted drunk drivers, said AAA Traffic Safety Advocacy Director Jake Nelson. According to the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than nine in 10 drivers consider it a serious threat to their personal safety when others drink and drive, and nearly all (97 percent) surveyed find it unacceptable for a driver to get behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink. To prevent these dangers, nearly eight in 10 Americans support requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders, even if its their first conviction.

Research has identified ignition interlock devices (IIDs) as a proven way to save lives. AAAs recommendation to require the use of IIDs for all convicted offenders is grounded in research. Evidence clearly shows that IIDs are more effective than other methods at reducing re-arrest among convicted drunk drivers and keeping them off the road, said Nelson.