Trib Tuesday take: Sobriety or improved safety? |

Trib Tuesday take: Sobriety or improved safety?

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A report that drunken-driving deaths are down statewide by 26 percent over four years — with just five alcohol-related traffic deaths last year in Westmoreland County — shows that a multi-prong approach to the problem has made a difference.

Officials credit changes in DUI laws, ignition-lock systems, public education and improved crash technology in cars. Specifically, today’s airbag-equipped cars may well be saving lives that in previous years would have been lost.

For good reason, officials emphasize that preventative drinking-and-driving education is vital, as teenage drinking remains a problem.

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