Washington, D.C. – U.S. deaths by drunk driving fell to a record low in 2009, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, even though vehicle miles travelled increased by 0.2 per cent over 2008.

The number of people killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater declined by 7.4 per cent in 2009 when compared with 2008, and by 19 per cent since 2000.

In 2009, the overall number of highway deaths from all causes fell to the lowest level since 1950, while the year also recorded the lowest fatality and injury rates ever.

All vehicle types experienced a decline in the number of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes, including a 16 per cent drop in motorcycle crashes. Overall, 33 states and Puerto Rico saw a decline in the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2009.

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