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Letter: Drunken-driving deaths major U.S. calamity

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Jesse E. Shively


To the editor:

Thirteen auto fatalities in a 13-year period related to a faulty ignition switch certainly are tragic. Congress is holding hearings and speaking of criminal charges against the automobile manufacturer. During a recent 13-year period (1999-2011), 187,605 automobile crash fatalities related to alcohol consumption were reported. That is 14,431 per year (alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics.html).

Where are the congressional hearings and threats of criminal charges against alcohol product manufacturers for producing a product that is widely known to lead to automobile fatalities? Where is the media frenzy and charges against themselves for promoting, through mass advertising, this substance known to lead to numerous fatal automobile crashes?

Some may say that I am comparing apples to oranges. However, I ask, is a death related to alcohol consumption less tragic than one related to a faulty ignition switch? I think not. Ask family members of one who was killed by a drunken driver. I believe there is a real disconnect from reality taking place here.

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