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Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, among persons under 21, the number killed in drunk driving crashes decreased 78% from the record high of 5,215 in 1982 to 1,174 in 2012. These fatalities account for 11% of the drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2013)
For every 100,000 Americans under the age of 21, 1.3 people were killed in drunk driving fatalities in 2012. The rate of under 21 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 population has declined 46% over the past decade. (Source: NHTSA/FARS and US Census Bureau, 2013)
Despite declines in the number of young people involved in drunk driving fatalities, on average, more than 3 people under the age of 21 die each day in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2013)