Drunk Driving Traffic Fatalities Dropped 9.7%

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has reported that the number of people killed in crashes involving a drunken driver or motorcycle operator declined 9.7% in 2008.

This sharp drop reflects the fact that there were 1,268 fewer alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the U.S. involving drivers or operators with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

These statistics are good news, but drunken driving is a completely preventable crime and we must continue efforts to reduce the number of needless tragedies that it causes.

 

Reference:

  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 2008 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment - Highlights. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Washington, DC: DOT HS 8111 172, June, 2009.

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