Michigan Drunk Driving Grade Drops

The state's grade for its efforts to curb drunk driving is still a passing grade, but it has slipped.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is giving Michigan a B- for its efforts to prevent drunken driving. That's down from the B it gave the state the previous year.

The decline is being attributed to Michigan's failure to lower its blood alcohol limit from .10 percent to .08 percent. The federal government has threatened the loss of highway dollars if states don't voluntarily lower the limit to .08 percent by next October.

Still, the state's fatality toll due to drunken driving is dropping. Last year the number of deaths due to alcohol or drug related accidents dropped by 2 and one-half percent. Deaths over the last decade have dropped by nearly 21 percent.

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Rating the States 2002

With alcohol-related traffic deaths on the rise, the United States was handed a "C" grade in the war on drunk driving, according to the MADD Rating the States 2002 report card released Nov. 21, 2002 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the GuideOne Foundation. The last time MADD issued the Rating the States report was in 1999 when the nation earned a "C+" grade.

No state earned an "A" in this year's report. California received the highest grade of a "B+," followed by Georgia, New York, North Carolina and Oregon, which received "B" grades.

The only state to receive a failing "F" grade was Montana. The District of Columbia received a "D+," North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina and South Dakota received a "D." Alaska and Massachusetts received a "D-."

Sixty percent of each state's overall grade was based on its alcohol-related fatality trend and priority drunk driving laws. The other 40 percent was based on political leadership, blood-alcohol testing and records, law enforcement programs, administrative measures and criminal sanctions, underage drinking prevention, and victim issues.

Founded in 1980, MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. MADD has more than 600 affiliates and two million members and supporters.

State Grades

B+

California

B

Georgia
New York
North Carolina
Oregon

B-

Arkansas
Arizona
Florida
Kansas
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Ohio
Utah

C+

Illinois
Indiana
Mississippi
Oklahoma
Virginia
Washington

C

The Nation as a whole
Alabama
Colorado
Hawaii
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
Pennsylvania
Vermont
Wisconsin

C-

Connecticut
Delaware
Idaho
New Hampshire
Tennessee
Texas
West Virginia
Wyoming

D+

District of Columbia

D

North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota

D-

Alaska
Massachusetts

F

Montana

Source: http://www.madd.org (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) contributed to this report.


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