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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, October 22, 2013:
More than 460 people were killed on Pennsylvania roads and highways in crashes involving a drunk driver in 2011. That's almost a third of all fatalities.
Sheer numbers show progress -- 1,048 people were killed in DUI crashes in 1982. But numbers don't mean anything those who lost their lives or their families.
For most of the past three decades, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been the nation's leading advocate for keeping roadways safer from those who would choose to drink and drive.
MADD is backing tougher laws here in Pennsylvania, including one that would require ignition interlocks to be installed on the vehicles of anyone convicted of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of .08.
Currently, only repeat offenders are ordered to have ignition interlocks.
The interlock requires a driver to blow into it. The vehicle won't start if alcohol is detected.
A National Transportation Safety Board earlier this year recommended a reduction in the blood alcohol content level for measuring drunk driving. The BAC would drop to .05 from the current .08 under the proposal. What are your thoughts on lowering the BAC level?
MADD explains on Tuesday's Smart Talk program.
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