Vermont appears to be making some progress on keeping drunken drivers off the road, but those who follow the issue say there’s more to be done.
In the years 1993 to 1997, the average number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in Vermont was 36. In the last five years, it has been 28.
Officials cite stepped up penalties, including vehicle confiscation for habitual drunken drivers, as having helped.
First- and second-time offenders also are required to attend workshops where they hear from people who have lost loved ones in drunken-driving accidents.
Officials say 85 percent of Vermonters who attend those programs avoid any future drunken driving charges.