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N.C. drunken-driving fatalities dropped in 2008

Posted December 7, 2009

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— The number of people killed statewide in drunken-driving wrecks dropped by 12.5 percent last year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said Monday.

In 2007, North Carolina had 497 alcohol-related traffic fatalities, or 0.48 per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled, according to an NHTSA report. Last year, there were 423 alcohol-related traffic fatalities statewide, or 0.42 per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled.

The number of total traffic fatalities also declined in North Carolina last year, from 1,676 to 1,433, according to the report.

Thirty-nine other states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico also reported fewer drunken-driving fatalities last year. The national average of impaired driving fatalities dropped by 10 percent.

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  • NCStatePack Dec 8, 2009

    It took 11 months for this to come out?

  • LocalYokel Dec 7, 2009

    theAdmiral said "The only time in our history when there were zero traffic deaths was before the invention of the automobile. So that means you will be forever unsatisfied." Is theAdmiral really saying we should not TRY to reduce traffic deaths? does he think we have no control over these deaths and its pointless to even try to prevent them? Is theAdmiral saying that there MUST always be traffic deaths? Does he think they are out of our control and there is nothing we can do to stop them?

    I agree that 0 will be difficult to achieve but it should ALWAYS be our goal. I do not accept that people must die on our roads.

  • LocalYokel Dec 7, 2009

    Admiral of the traffic fleet, here is the mission: Create a culture for which traffic fatalities and serious injuries are no longer acceptable through the integrated application of education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical and trauma services. These efforts will be driven by data, best practices, and research...excerpt from: http://www.minnesotatzd.org/

  • TheAdmiral Dec 7, 2009

    "I think we should be satisfied with a number of 0 for yearly traffic deaths."

    The only time in our history when there were zero traffic deaths was before the invention of the automobile. So that means you will be forever unsatisfied.

    "It doesn't mean that fewer people were drinking and driving or even that there were fewer crashes, just fewer fatalities."

    Let me ask you where you get your information from. With what you say, if we take that same logic and applied it to everything, then all teens are vandals, and oh yeah - even if people went to a bar and took a taxi home, would be counted as drinking and driving.

    These numbers should make MADD angry - since it is an indicator of how long they can whine.

  • OpinionOnEverything Dec 7, 2009

    Bad economy, fewer people going out to eat and drink, and many illegal immigrants going home for lack of work, mean fewer impaired drivers on the road...

    Nothing significantly different from law enforcement or new laws and regulations, or from MADD, can be put up for praise, so don't bother trying to use these statistics to further new legislation to punish law-abiding citizens or businesses.

  • Da Toy Maker Dec 7, 2009

    Just pray the downward trend will continue.

    Wish everyone a SAFE & Happy Holiday Season!!!

  • commandokidd Dec 7, 2009

    The number of total traffic fatalities also declined in North Carolina last year, from 1,676 to 1,433, --non alcohol related.

    Gee, kinda flipped flopped there. Whats wrong with that picture?

  • LocalYokel Dec 7, 2009

    I think we should be satisfied with a number of 0 for yearly traffic deaths. I know 1,433 people that would agree with me from the year 2008.

  • ncsuprof Dec 7, 2009

    It is fewer people, but why? It doesn't mean that fewer people were drinking and driving or even that there were fewer crashes, just fewer fatalities. It could even be attributed to the increased safety of newer cars.

  • larky74406 Dec 7, 2009

    Crayzee1, there are at least 74 living breathing people who would disagree with you.

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