New statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show a historic 60 year low in traffic fatalities on U.S. roads.
In 2009, traffic fatalities and alcohol-impaired fatalities reached historic new record low levels. There were nearly 34,000 people killed on our nation's roadways last year, including 10,839 people in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities (those involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher). Overall, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities declined more than seven percent from 11,711 in 2008 to the new all time low in 2009; additionally 33 states reported a decline in the number of drunk driving fatalities in 2009 compared to 2008. Since record keeping began in 1982, NHTSA estimates indicate drunk driving fatalities have declined 49% from a record high of 21,113 in 1982 to the 10,839 reported in 2009.
The decline is certainly good news and very promising, but drunk driving is still an issue. We need to fight to keep the numbers dropping each year. Browse our site to learn more about what you can do to fight drunk driving.
We'll have more in-depth reports in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!