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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-10-2006, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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September 10, 1897: First DWI arrest is made


Even without Breathalyzers and line tests, George Smith's swerving was enough to alarm British police and make him the first person arrested for drunken driving. Unfortunately, Smith's arrest did nothing to discourage the many other drunk drivers who have taken to the road since. Although drunk driving is illegal in most countries, punished by heavy fines and mandatory jail sentences, it continues to be one of the leading causes of automobile accidents throughout the world. Alcohol-related automobile accidents are responsible for approximately one-third of the traffic fatalities in the United States--16,000 deaths each year, and also account for over half a million injuries and $1 billion of property damage annually.
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I'm surprised it took that long for them to realize it was a problem.

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I'm surprised it took that long for them to realize it was a problem.
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