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MADD warns of holiday drunken driving danger

WASHINGTON (AP) - You might say this is the most dangerous time of the year -- for drunken driving deaths.

The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve is when more people celebrate at parties where alcohol is served. And it's when drunken driving deaths spike.

MADD says National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data for 2011 show nearly a thousand people were killed in drunken driving crashes nationwide during that period.

According to a new MADD survey, 73 percent of adults said they've seen someone trying to drive after drinking too much. And one in five did nothing to stop it.

MADD National President Jan Withers is urging partygoers to designate a non-drinking driver in advance. And when you see someone trying to drive after drinking, she says you should step in and help them get home safely by driving them yourself, taking away their keys, informing the party host or calling a cab.

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