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75% FAVOR USE OF ROADBLOCKS TO CHECK FOR DRUNKEN DRIVERS

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Nearly 75 percent of Americans favor the use of police roadblocks to check for drivers who have been drinking and nearly 50 percent believe penalties for first offense drunken driving are not severe enough, a poll released Thursday shows.

The Gallup Poll, commissioned by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also found that Americans cite drunken driving as the No. 1 problem on the nation's highways.The campaign urges the 20 states not already having administrative driver's license revocation "to enact this life-saving law."

MADD also urged stricter enforcement of drinking age laws and suspension of licenses of anyone under 21 found with any alcohol in their blood.

The survey showed that 48 percent felt the penalty for first offense drunken driving was not severe enough.