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Survey Indicates a Shift in Perceptions About Drunk Driving

(Undated) -- Driving while impaired can lead to big legal troubles, but a new survey finds fear of a D-U-I is not the main reason most people choose to use a designated driver. In a survey released Monday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the majority of respondents indicated they use a designated driver because they want to keep themselves and others safe. MADD Illinois State Executive Director Sam Canzoneri says the findings are a bit surprising and indicate a shift in cultural perceptions. Adults 21 and older were involved in the survey, and about half reported having been a designated driver in the past year, while 39 percent have been driven by a designated driver. In Illinois, 312 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes in 2012.

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