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Our roads: Shaken, not stirred

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Here’s mud in your eye!  Wet your whistle!  Bottoms up!  Let’s have one for the road!  One for the road?  A common toast made in reference to raising that glass and subsequently raising one’s blood alcohol content a few more notches.  
As your typical drunk stumbles to his car, what exactly does he have in mind for the road? More than one-third of yearly traffic fatalities are alcohol related (nearly 14,000 deaths).  This is almost the same as our nation’s murder rate, but death on the highway isn’t murder.  It’s “vehicular homicide.”
I always liked that term.  Kind of makes it sound like your car was responsible, doesn’t it? New Mexico boasts one of the highest per-capita statistics for alcohol related traffic fatalities in the nation.  What is it about our blue skies that “drives” people to drink so much over here?
Maybe we’re just fun people.  You know, a party-hardy state who enjoys one for the road?  
Our state motto should be “Crescit Eundo Ebrius.”
The recent acquittal of Scott Owens has had one positive “sobering” effect in our area.  


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