Originally posted by RANT
A 77% increase in arrests is NOT a success. That's a failure of the system. "Drunk" driving deaths haven't changed! They've just ruined twice as many lives over potential "future crimes."
Correct, an increase in arrests is just that--an increase in arrests.
MADD acknowledges as early as 2004 that alcohol related accidents and alcohol related fatalities were somewhat static (also somewhat due their credit), yet teen alcohol related accidents are on the sharp rise.
The NHTSA considers an accident/fatlity to be alcohol related if BAC>.01. (see link below)
MADD often quotes stats that will remain static to show need for further effort, funding and enforcement. The lower end of the BAC<.08 curve is larger than the BAC>.08, thus decreases in the BAC>.08 accidents do not noticeably move the alcohol related accident line (but lowering the tolerance level again will) especially when throwing in an admittedly ever increasing population of under 21 (teen) which is enlarging the overall data pool,.
Note: The NHTSA combines and does not differentiate the under 21 (teen) alcohol related stats illegal/legal alien alcohol related driving stats as part of the overall national statistical data pool (often quoted by MADD) further padding the data compilation. All persons subject to a differing relative set of laws long before they get behind the wheel of an automobile.
State Data on Traffic Accidents (NHTSA)