According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.
Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 1980 after her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Regional chapters were started throughout the country as the epidemic of drunk driving came to the public's consciousness.
Individual states and municipalities passed 129 new laws addressing drunk driving within three years. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed in 1984 making it illegal to drink alcohol in public or for anyone under 21 years old to purchase alcohol.
The percentage of people killed by drunk drivers decreased steadily between 1982 and the mid-1990s when state and local governments started tracking drunk driving arrests. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit research group funded by major auto insurers, impaired driving fatalities have continued decreasing each decade. Subsequently, all states passed laws making it illegal to drive with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) higher than 0.08 percent.
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