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Today is the anniversary of the first drunk driving arrest in world history. The surprising part is that this took place in 1897! That article has a history of the laws against driving under the influence, but in spite of ever-increasing awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, they offer a (hopefully) sobering statistic: "In 2005, 16,885 people died in alcohol-related crashes and almost 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs." Pretty scary.

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3. Re: Soviet Arcade Sep 10, 2010, 13:07 DG
 
What's the general social perception of drink driving in the US? Here in UK for most people it'd be a major faux pas and people are highly likely to remind you you're driving if you order 1 beer.

Penalty is serious too, 1 year automatic ban plus up to £5k fine and/or 6m in the clink. For a first offence.

(Of course there's always the "other people", and people do get caught out the morning after)
 
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