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March 16, 1998|THE WASHINGTON POST

The percentage of adults who drink and drive has declined dramatically in recent years, and it is younger people who are setting the pace, according to survey results reported by the Insurance Research Council.

The report, drawn from interviews with nearly 2,000 adults living in the United States, found that less than one-fifth of people 18 to 24 years old reported drinking and driving in 1997. That indicates that drinking and driving in that age group has dropped by more than one-third in this decade and is less than half as common as it was in 1985.

Other results from the survey suggested that people think the current laws on drinking and driving are too lenient; survey respondents endorsed lower legal limits for blood-alcohol levels and severer penalties for those found to be driving while intoxicated.

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