40% of state road deaths in 2002 involved alcohol

Drunken driving has pushed Alabama’s highway death toll up to its highest point in four years.

Forty percent of all highway fatalities last year were alcohol-related and most of those wrecks happened Sunday mornings. The critical time was between 1am and 3am on Sundays – about the time most bars close. Alabama alcohol-related highway fatalities increased 10 percent in 2002 over the previous year. They rose from 374 in 2001 to 413 in 2002, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System of the National Highways Safety Administration.

Source: http://www.al.com

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