Drunk Driving Fatalities Declining

Drunk Driving Fatalities Declining

Drunk Driving Fatalities Declining

Data gathered during 2009 by the U.S. Department of Transportation released recently demonstrates that deaths related to drunk driving have been declining steadily over the past nine years. Drunk driving deaths involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08 fell 7.4 percent between 2008 and 2009 alone. The level has also fallen 19 percent since 2000, and the total number of all highway fatalities in 2009 reached the same level as was reported in 1950.

Many may speculate that this fall was due to a lack of drivers on the road, but estimated vehicle travel miles were reported to have increased by 0.2 percent since 2008. The experts from the Beer Institute, a council founded to help the brewing industry do their part to prevent alcohol abuse and other alcohol related issues, are glad to see that drunk driving levels are falling and that drivers are becoming more aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

However, they are committed to continuing their work with law enforcement and politicians to keep drunk drivers off of the roads. Since drunk driving is completely preventable, many groups are continuing to push to lower the drunk driving rates further. Despite the fall in drunk driving fatalities, many of the injuries and accidents that occur on US roadways continue to be caused or complicated by alcohol impairment.

33 states reported a decline in the number of drunk driving deaths during 2009. Alcohol-impaired motorcycle crashes dropped 16 percent. 2009 was the fourth consecutive year to reported a steady decline in the number of alcohol related driving deaths. The Beer Institute reports that the brewing industry has spent over $750,000,000 since 1982 on public safety and educational campaigns designed to lower drunk driving and underage drinking rates.


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