U.S. seeks to reduce drunken driving deaths


WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The Bush administration launched a crackdown on drunken driving on Wednesday in response to a rising trend in alcohol-related highway deaths after years of gradual improvement. "Impaired drivers represent one of our nation's greatest threats," Jeffrey Runge, the government's chief highway safety regulator, told a news conference. He said an average of 45 people were killed each day in drunken driving crashes. Using the backdrop of 17,000 empty seats at ...

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