NHTSA Ranks North Carolina and South Carolina as Two US States With Greatest Increase In DUI Deaths

September 2, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, North Carolina and South Carolina are the two US states that have experienced the largest increase in DUI deaths between 2006 and 2007. The report, called the 2007 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment—Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities, found that out of the 1,675 traffic deaths that occurred in North Carolina last year, 487 of these motor vehicle deaths involved alcohol—66 more deaths than the 421 alcohol-related fatalities that occurred in the state in 2006.

In South Carolina, out of the 1,066 motor vehicle deaths in 2007, 463 of the fatalities involved alcohol. The state experienced 419 drunk driving deaths in 2006.

The report also included national DUI statistics and facts, including:

• 12,998 DUI-related deaths in the US in 2007.
• While 32 states experienced a drop in alcohol-related fatalities between 2007 and 2006, other states experienced an increase in deaths.
• Total drunk driving deaths dropped 4% in 2007 compared to 2006.
• The number of alcohol-related motorcyclist deaths increased in 25 US states.

Also, motorcyclists comprised 57 of the 487 drunk driving deaths that took place in North Carolina last year. In South Carolina, there were 56 alcohol-related motorcyclist deaths in 2007.

Meantime, some 100 college president, including the president of Duke University in North Carolina, are calling on lawmakers to lower the legal drink age. The presidents belong to a movement known as the Amethyst Initiative, whose members believe that lowering the drinking age might make teens less likely to “binge drink.”

In North Carolina and South Carolina, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater. Drunk driving is dangerous and can lead to serious personal injuries and deaths.

Area Tops List of Fatal DUI Crashes in 2007, WSPA.com, August 29, 2008

Drunken-driving deaths fall in 32 states, Boston.com, August 28, 2008

Related Web Resources:

Amethyst Initiative

2007 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment—Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities, NHTSA (PDF)


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