Alcohol Testing of Drivers in Serious Injury and Fatal Traffic Crashes
WHEREAS, the toll on the motoring public, law enforcement agencies and the economy in loss of life, serious injury and related economic costs caused by impaired driving is unacceptably high despite years of intensified efforts; and
WHEREAS, over 17,000 were killed, and 321,000 injured in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 1996; and
WHEREAS, the reporting of alcohol-related crashes is inaccurate because in many jurisdictions, only dead drivers involved in fatal crashes are required to be tested to determine their blood alcohol level; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police, duly assembled at its 105th annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, urges all state legislatures to enact legislation to mandate the testing of the level of impairment for all drivers involved in serious or fatal injury traffic crashes.