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Arizonans Remember the Victims of Drunk Driving

Today is National Day of Remembrance for victims of drunk driving. CreditL:Ansaharju/iStock
Today is National Day of Remembrance for victims of drunk driving. CreditL:Ansaharju/iStock
December 3, 2015

PHOENIX - Today is the National Day of Remembrance for victims of drunk and drugged driving sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD.

The Arizona chapter of MADD is holding events in Phoenix and Tucson today in honor of their 35th anniversary. The idea is to let people know they offer free counseling services for survivors and victim's families.

Jason Frazier, state program director with MADD Arizona, says the Copper State is one of the toughest in the nation on drunk driving, yet the numbers remain stubbornly high.

"The most recent stats for 2014 that we have were over 260 fatalities and over 3,000 injuries," says Frazier.

MADD says more than 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving crashes across the country each year and 290,000 more are injured. December is the deadliest month for drunk and drugged driving deaths.

Frazier is proud Arizona is one of about 20 states that requires people convicted of Driving Under the Influence to install an ignition interlock device on their cars after the first offense.

"Fifty percent to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on suspended licenses even," says Frazier. "So by having those ignition interlock devices that really keeps the road safe from people who continue to drink and try to drive."

MADD is pushing for laws to require ignition interlock devices in all 50 states.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - AZ