December 24, 2008
Study says 2M drunken drivers on roads
An estimated 2 million intoxicated drivers with three or more convictions will be on the roads this holiday season, U.S. researchers said.
Researchers from the University of Missouri and the University of Georgia said that in 2007, about 1,500 people in the United States were killed in crashes that involved a drunken driver from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.
The study, published in the Policy Studies Journal, found the majority of participants were less likely to drink and drive if they perceived a probability of being stopped or arrested by law enforcement. The study found that the most important deterrence factors for high-risk drivers are their perceptions of the likelihood of being stopped or arrested and their support for deterrence laws.