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Intensify the Battle



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Our hearts go out to Chris Williams and his surviving sons after last weekend's senselessly horrible accident, which claimed the lives of his pregnant wife and two other children.

It is believed alcohol played a role. Police say there is evidence the 17-year-old driver of the vehicle that ploughed into the Williams family had been drinking.

It happens all too frequently.

The memory of what happened to the Ceran family on Christmas Eve is fresh in our collective memory. And so many others!

37 DUI-related fatalities occurred in Utah in 2005. Still, Utah has made good progress on this issue in recent years. State laws have been strengthened, enforcement intensified and awareness increased. Indeed, Utah registered the lowest rate of alcohol-related deaths in the nation a year ago . . . and the trend continues to go down.

Regardless, more can and must be done to combat this terrible societal scourge.

In KSL's view, special attention should be given to combating underage drinking. Among other things, Utah lawmakers are being asked to fund a public awareness campaign aimed at teens. We urge them to do it.

Let what happened to the Williams family last Friday night become yet another catalyst for intensifying the ongoing battle to reduce, even eliminate the scourge of drinking and driving.

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