From the April 1974 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Tough or Tender

At 46, Walter Pudinski is the youngest man ever to be named commissioner of the California Highway Patrol. One of his first acts in taking over in mid-1972 was to make the patrol's enforcement of drunk-driving laws almost a holy war.

The 5,000-man California patrol is responsible for patrolling 126,000 miles of highway, and 10% of all the registered vehicles in the U.S. are in California. Even at that, the commissioner's crackdown has been something special. In 1972, the patrol bagged a record 96,000 snockered citizens. [Total for 1973:] about 115,000. According to the agency, it makes one of every four drunk-driving arrests in the U.S.

-- Ron Cooper

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