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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 33,561 people died in traffic crashes in 2012 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,322 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that year.

Since NHTSA began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, drunk driving fatalities have decreased 51% from 21,113 in 1982. Since the inception of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and our national efforts to fight drunk driving, drunk driving fatalities have declined 35% from 15,827 in 1991. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2013)

In 2012, more than three people were killed in drunk driving fatalities for every 100,000 Americans. Between 1991, when the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility was founded, and 2012, the rate of drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 population decreased 48% nationally. (Source: NHTSA/FARS and US Census Bureau, 2013)