The number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities rose in Virginia and Maryland in 2006, but fell in D.C., according to new data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The numbers were made public as part of a press briefing co-sponsored by NHTSA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), where the organizations announced an $11 million nationwide Labor Day campaign for 2007 called “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”
The Labor Day crackdown has become an annual event, and the message is consistent from year to year: drunk driving enforcement will be heightened during the Labor Day holiday, and drunk drivers will be vigorously prosecuted. M.A.D.D. cites the following statistics regarding drunk driving in the U.S. as justification for continued vigilance in removing drunk drivers from the nation’s roadways:
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