Fewer than 10,000 killed in drunk driving accidents in 2011
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released their drunk driving fatality data for 2011 and it shows that less than 10,000 – 9,878 – people were killed in drunk driving accidents. This is the first time that the number of people killed in drunk driving accidents was less than 10,000.
Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) estimates that 300,000 lives have been saved since 1980 when the organization was founded. The drop in drug driving fatal accidents is due to law enforcement and public educational campaigns by MADD and others.
Washington State Data
Drunk driving fatalities also fell in Washington state. In 2010, there were 169 people killed in drunk-driving related accidents and 2011 there were 156 fatalities.
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has partnered with local law enforcement agencies in targeting drunken drivers and keeping them off of the highway.
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