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U.S. reports decline in drunk driving fatalities.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that alcohol-related highway fatalities dropped notably in 2003, the first such decline since 1999. The median blood alcohol concentration (BAC) value for alcohol-involved drivers was 0.16 BAC, which means more than half of all alcohol-involved drivers had a BAC higher than twice the legal limit in most states. Overall, highway fatalities during 2003 are at the lowest level since recordkeeping began 29 years ago.

Additional NHTSA data shows that the number of alcohol-involved drivers in fatal crashes increased in SUVs (3%) and motorcycles (4%); however, the number of alcohol-involved drivers in fatal crashes of passenger cars declined by 6%.
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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