Friday, August 28, 2009

Fatal crashes involving female drunk drivers on the rise: study

The number of alcohol-impaired female drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes increased in 2008, Department of Transportation officials said at the Aug. 20 launch of a nationwide enforcement campaign against drunk driving.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said researchers studied fatal crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, paying close attention to driver gender as well as where the crashes occurred.

According to the report (.pdf file), the number of alcohol-impaired female drivers increased or remained flat in 15 states in 2008, compared with 2007, while the number of alcohol-impaired males involved in a fatal crash increased or stayed flat in 13 states. Recently released FBI data also showed an increase in the number of female drivers arrested for driving under the influence.

Source: National Safety Council

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