Infographic: A History of Drunk Driving

Sometimes it takes a while to get a clue: It might seem obvious that drinking and driving do not mix, but such was not always the case in the US. As recently as the 1970s many Americans looked upon drunk driving as a risky bit of mischief rather than a public menace. It would take four things to change the climate in the US:

  • Measurement. A means of measuring drunkenness had to be invented
  • Prohibition. Laws prohibiting drunk driving had to pass
  • Enforcement. Police had to stop giving drunk drivers a pass
  • Support. The public needed to stop tolerating drunk driving

As this free infographic shows (click to enlarge), the process is still going on.


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