The problem of fatal automobile crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. While the exact number of alcohol-related crashes is not known, almost one-half of all fatally injured drivers tested in the United States were found to have been too intoxicated to drive. Although statistics show a lower percentage of alcohol-related fatal crashes in Virginia than the prevailing national average, the pervasiveness of the problem and its dire consequences resulted in legislative action to change Virginia's laws governing drinking and driving.

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