Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Latinos are most likely to drive drunk: Last Thursday, Geraldo and O'Reilly practically started throwing punches over Bill's coverage of a Mexican illegal who killed two people while driving drunk. Mustache-From-Hell claimed that there was no story there, so the only reason to cover it was racial animosity.

Well, USA Today seems to think the Hispanic angle on drunk driving is worth covering:

Anti-drunken-driving efforts aimed at Latinos

"North Carolina is trying to combat a major problem among young Hispanic men drawn to the state by plentiful jobs: drunken-driving rates two to three times as high as those of other groups.

"According to the University of North Carolina's Highway Safety Research Center, 7.04% of Hispanic drivers involved in crashes in the state in 2005 were suspected of driving while intoxicated. That compares with 2.82% of whites in crashes and 2.29% of African-Americans, according to Eric Rodgman, a researcher at the center. Most of the Hispanics involved in crashes are young men, he says.

"Many of them have left their family, church and social networks behind when they come to the USA to work, and they sometimes drink to combat loneliness, says Antonio Asion, public safety director for El Pueblo, a non-profit Hispanic advocacy group in Raleigh." More...

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