Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Highway Safety Council Formed with DOT's Blessing

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Highway Safety Council Formed with DOT's Blessing

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Highway Safety Council Formed with DOTs Blessing

Secretary of Transportation Samuel K. Skinner praised a group of American business leaders for initiating a new program to fight drunk driving and to work for across-the-board improvements in highway safety.

Skinner met in Washington June 1 with a group of business chief executives and public officials who are forming a highway safety leadership council to reach millions of Americans with anti-drug driving messages.

The meeting was suggested by James S. Kemper, Jr., of the Kemper Group, and member of the National Commission Against Drunk Driving. Skinner said, "American businesses are in a unique position to change attitudes and behavior because they can reinforce positive safety messages every day in the workplace."

"Jim Kimper has demonstrated time and again his commitment to fighting drunk driving," Skinner said. "He has been the catalyst in bringing together a nucleus of concerned business leaders and public officials who have accepted a challenge today to combat drunk driving. The message they will take back to their businesses and communities is that we cannot tolerate the continued toll of death on the highway at the hands of drunken drivers. Each executive will designate a senior corporate representative to make that message clear in the place where tens of millions of Americans spend their day -- the workplace.

"In 1988, alcohol was involved in 23,352 deaths -- half the deaths on the road. We hope to form a network of leaders in states and communities across the country to help bring about a change to save lives and reduce the property damage caused by drunk driving." Skinner said he has assured the business leaders attending the meeting that the Department of Transportation is "looking forward to providing assistance in this important effort. …

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