Aug
14
2008
WASHINGTON, DC— Today’s release by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the 2007 Annual Assessment of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Fatalities and People Injured shows a significant 3.7 percent reduction in alcohol-related traffic fatalities. The numbers represent the lowest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities ever recorded. This reduction is another strong indication that the many efforts being made in the fight against drunk driving have had an impact. While encouraged by the progress, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, will continue its comprehensive efforts to ensure that this reduction signals a downward trend.

According to NHTSA in 2007, 12,998 people lost their lives in alcohol-related traffic crashes, compared to 13,491 in 2006. Overall alcohol-related traffic fatalities have decreased over 51 percent since 1982, when NHTSA first began tracking such data. In 2007 alcohol-related traffic fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total traffic fatalities. Total vehicle miles traveled decreased from 2006 to 2007, and the number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled decreased to 1.37, the lowest level ever recorded.

The significant reduction in the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities is a reflection of the collective efforts of local, state, and national organizations and a more comprehensive approach to addressing the serious issue of drunk driving. Better, more effective legislation, combined with education, effective enforcement and a focused judiciary have and will continue to make a difference in driving down the number of fatalities. In particular, the continued increased attention to the hardcore drunk drivers – those who drive at a high blood alcohol level (.15 and above), do so repeatedly, and have demonstrated a resistance to change – has been and will continue to be essential to the reduction in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

For more information on The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and its educational programs, visit www.responsibility.org.

About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by distillers including Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Future Brands LLC; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Sidney Frank Importing Co. Inc. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and chaired by Susan Molinari, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility develops and implements innovative programs and public awareness campaigns and promotes action through strategic partnerships. Established in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s initiatives are highlighted on its website at www.responsibility.org.

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Contact: 
Matthew Harakal
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
(202) 637-0077