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Drinking And Driving: Culture, Infrastructure And The Law

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In recent years, we've heard a lot more about texting and driving than we have about drinking and driving. But drunk driving is still prevalent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-impaired car crashes account for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. 

As spring revelry leads to late nights out, Central Standard asks whether Kansas Citians are making plans to get home safely, and if not, why not?

We explored several cultural factors contributing to drinking and driving. The discussion also investigated the role of infrastructure and the law in shaping and responding to this behavior. A call to listeners elicited input from people who had lived in Germany, Wisconsin and elsewhere, offering a sense of how Kansas City's attitude holds up by comparison. 




Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.