August 17, 2006

Alcohol-impaired driving remains a severe problem, report shows

Washington, D.C. – A report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on state-by-state and national data for 2005 shows that alcohol-impaired driving remains an extremely severe problem. In 2006 alone, there were 16,885 alcohol-related fatalities in traffic crashes, a figure nearly unchanged during the last decade.

The report shows that in 2005, 39 per cent of all traffic deaths involved alcohol, although 23 states and Puerto Rico showed a decrease in the number of alcohol-related fatalities between 2004 and 2005. The highest percentage of drivers in alcohol-related crashes was for male drivers aged 21 to 34 (33 per cent), followed by males aged 35 to 44 (25 per cent). The report is drawn from the agency’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

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