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My sister's death
  1. Marielle Olivier
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, 1020 Pine Ave W, Montreal H3A 1A2, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
 Ms Olivier
 (e-mail: marielle{at}

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Editors note: Just before Christmas the sister of one of my colleagues was killed by a drunk driver. I asked for the details and what follows is her reply. I realize this is not an issue that directly applies to children and adolescents, but in this instance the other victims were the adolescent children. In any case, adolescents who drive drunk are very much our concern, and the manner in which any intoxicated offender is dealt with in most countries is outrageous. In a later issue we will publish an account of how this problem is handled in various countries.

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