From the June 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

On the DWI Front

WASHINGTON, D. C.--The United States Transportation Department is spending $82,000,000 to test experimental methods of catching drunks on the road, of accelerating courtroom machinery and increasing convictions, and detecting and rehabilitating so-called problem drinkers, who the government says are responsible for most alcohol-related accidents.

The 42-month program [started in January 1971] has been criticized as "amateurish" and simplistic by some long-time specialists in highway safety and the treatment of alcoholics. But its managers here say that. . .in the first three months of 1972, fatalities declined 3% in the 35 communities while highway fatalities increased 6% nationally.

-- Robert Lindsey

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