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Readings and References

1. DeJong, William. What’s in a name? Let me count the ways. Prevention File, 2004, 18(2), 2-5. In reality, the federal definition casts an even wider net because no evidence at all is required to categorize someone as having a .01 BAC level. All that’s required is the suspicion of such a level. In some states, an officer checks a box indicating the suspicion of alcohol or drug involvement. Even if it is drug use (not alcohol use) that is suspected, a check in that box is automatically categorized as an alcohol-related accident! And what constitutes suspicion? Commonly, it’s an empty alcohol beverage container on the shoulder of the road near the crash that may have been tossed out the window of a passing vehicle and is completely unrelated to the accident. At the end of the year, the federal government then estimates or guesses how many alcohol-related accidents its very wide net has presumably missed and then substantially increases the numbers by thousands.

2. National Motorists Association website, http://www.motorists.org/issues/dwi/alcoholfatalitieschallenge.html

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