Drunk Driving Accidents Are Declining


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


One 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 of Total Fatalities & Fatalities Involving Drunk Drivers
  2. Drunk Driver Fatalities by Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
  3. Drunk Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes: Number Driver Involved in Fatal Crashes and Number of Drunk Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes
  4. Drunk-Driving Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
  5. Fatalities Involving Drunk Teenage Drivers: Number of Fatalities in Crashes Involving Drunk Teenage Drivers and the Total Number of 16-20 Year Old Licensed Drivers
  6. Drunk Teenage Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes: Number of Teenage Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes and the Total Number of 16-20 Year Old Licensed Drivers
  7. Fatalities Involving Drunk Teenage Drivers: Number of Fatalities in Crashes Involving Teenage Drivers and Number of Fatalties Involving Drunk Teenage Divers
  8. Drunk Teenage Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes: Number of Teenage Drivers involved in Fatal Crashes and Number of Drunk Teenage Drivers involved in Fatal Crashes