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When I took office as Secretary of Transportation two years ago, I set a goal of reducing alcohol-related traffic fatalities to only 43 percent of total by 1997.

I'm happy to announce that we've achieved this goal -- two full years ahead of schedule. Last year, alcohol-related deaths on our roads were down to 42 percent of the total -- and these deaths continued to drop in spite of continued growth in travel.

Former Transportation Secretary Federico Peņa


ne of the most encouraging signs of progress against drunk driving is the reduction in alcohol-related traffic fatalities. The following charts contain data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  1. Drunk Driving Fatalities: Number & Percentage of Total Fatalities Involving Drunk Drivers
  2. Drunk Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes: Number and Percentage of All Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes Who Were Drunk
  3. Drunk-Driving Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
  4. Fatalities Involving Drunk Teenage Drivers: Number and Percentage of Total Fatalities Involving Drunk Teenage Drivers
  5. Drunk Teenage Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes: Number and Percentage of All Drivers in Fatal Crashes Who Were Drunk Teenage Drivers

Drunk Driving Accidents Are Declining