Alcohol is the single largest cause of fatal crashes. Alcohol-related fatalities accounted for nearly 40 percent of all highway fatalities in 2001.
Fatalities include those arising from motor vehicle related crashes in which the driver and/or a fatally injured pedestrian or other nonmotorist had a measured or estimated blood alcohol content of 0.01 grams per deciliter or greater.
|Alcohol-Related Highway Fatalities||2000||2001*|
|Alcohol-Related Highway Fatalities percent change from previous year||5.49||-0.01|
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 1998, DOT HS 808 983 (Washington, DC: October 1999), table 13, and personal communication, Sept. 11, 2000. 2000 data: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2000 Traffic Safety Facts. Available at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/ncsa/factshet.html. 2001 numbers from NHTSA, 2001 Early Assessment, available at: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2002/2001EARelease.pdf