Recent data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows a considerable decrease in the number of alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities. The 2008 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment shows that the number of alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities decreased 9.7 percent from 2007 to 2008. This significant reduction is yet another strong indication that the many efforts being made in the fight against drunk driving have had an impact. We are encouraged by the progress and will continue our comprehensive efforts to ensure that this downward trend continues.
According to NHTSA, the number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes and the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 2008 reached historically low levels. In 2008, 37,261 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, a decrease of nearly 10 percent from 41,259 in 2007, with a record low fatality rate of VMT of 1.27. Drunk driving fatalities, that is fatalities involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher, decreased equally to 11,773, the lowest recorded level since NHTSA began keeping records in 1982. Overall, drunk driving fatalities accounted for 32% of all traffic fatalities last year. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had reductions in the number of alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities.
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Dear Dr. Wolf,
I'd appreciate your views on the boyfriend/girlfriend sleepover. It's not unusual these days for older teens to expect their parents to allow them to have their boyfriend or girlfriend "sleep over," and sometimes practically move in to the family home. Many parents in my circle of friends permit this. In my own case, my 17-year-old daughter's father allows her to have her boyfriend sleep overnight in her room at his house. I don't permit boyfriend sleepovers at my house. Her boyfriend is welcome to visit and join us for family events, but sleeping in the same room is something that, in my mind, comes with being self-supporting. As a consequence, my daughter no longer stays at my house, preferring the greater sexual freedom she is allowed at her father's. Am I out of date, or will she thank me one day?
Dear Old-Fashioned Mom,
An eight-year-old girl bounces into her parents' room and asks: "Can my boyfriend sleep over in my room when I'm 17? Of course, we'll have sex when he's there."