Immigrants and Drunk Driving

Groups across Virginia are reaching out to Hispanics about the dangers of drinking and driving.

While data on alcohol-related fatalities broken down by ethnicity is not widely available, those who work closely with the issue say the Hispanic community is just as at risk for drinking and driving as other groups.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is one of the groups offering help. It provides workshops and brochures in Spanish explaining Virginia's laws on drunken driving and other information on alcohol consumption.

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise $10,000 to produce a video in partnership with the Virginia State Police about avoiding drinking and driving and reducing crashes.

Advocates say they want to prevent tragedies such as the two teenage girls who died in Virginia Beach when a drunk illegal immigrant slammed into their car. Alfredo Ramos was sentenced in November to 24 years in Virginia for that crash.


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