Report: Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths On The Rise

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday shows that alcohol-related traffic deaths are on the rise in Minnesota.

The report says fatal crashes were up 19 percent in 2010 from the year before.

In 2009, there were 421 fatalities in crashes and 107 of them, or about 25 percent, were alcohol-related. Last year, there were 411 crash deaths and 127 of them were alcohol-related, or about 31 percent, according to the report.

The report said more than 32,0000 people died last year in accidents, and more than 10,000 of the deaths were alcohol-related crash. The figure amounts to 31 percent of all fatal crashes involving alcohol. That number is also actually slightly down from 2009, where were 10,759 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes, or about 32 percent of all fatalities.

The state with the biggest year-to-year increase was Kansas, which had 37 percent more alcohol-related fatal accidents in 2010 compared to 2009.

  • Al

    I always like getting fed only the statistics that the press wants to report. Would love to know more about the crashes .
    Before all the liberals and MADD gets commenting I do not agree with drinking and driving. I just feel like the press feeds us statistics to tilt viewpoints.

  • Gary

    The alcohol – related crashes statistic is a joke. It is for the benefit of various groups and government agencies to try and justify their spending, or to ask for contributions. This statistic includes any and all accidents, where someone driving or in a vehicle is in a accident. Someone who is not driving, sitting in the back seat of a vehicle,and they have consumed,0.01 g/dl, or are BELIEVED to have consumed alcohol, will cause a accident to be classified a alcohol- related crash, even though both drivers were completely sober.The alcohol -caused accidents is a real statistic,and does give a accurate picture of the problem.

    • MSD Guy

      You sound like a guy who likes to spout off and SOUND smart, but really doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. You should be in politics. While the term “alcohol related” doesn’t necessarily speak to impaired driving, it has nothing to do with people who aren’t driving. “Alcohol related” takes into account those drivers who had alcohol on board at the time of the crash, whether they were legally impaired or not. It has nothing whatsoever to do with passengers.

      • MrBB

        So says you MSD guy! You should practice what you preach. It does have to do with peole who aren’t drinking as well. Get a pencil out and take notes…..if a bum is walking down the road and is totally drunk and decides to jump out in front of a car of a driver who is perfectly sober, THAT is considered a alcohol related death, and it is USED in the reports to paint a picture that only those at the NHTSA and MADD can only relish in when it comes to passing laws! Got that SMART MSD GUY?!

        • gordokong

          MrBB is spot on.

  • Jake

    Well, keep in mind that the VAST MAJORITY of FATAL CRASHES, or more than *60* percent, were NOT alcohol related. Hmmm…. That means that most of these people were NOT impaired, their judgement was NOT compromised, yet most of them obviously drove in a reckless manner, but since they had no alcohol in their system(s), they mostly got off SCOT FREE. I am not excusing drunk driving, I just think that our ‘safety experts’ would spend a little more time figuring out why those who are NOT impaired kill more than those who ARE impaired, and why we can’t figure out how to persuade unimpaired drivers to SLOW DOWN, put away the CELL PHONES, and PAY ATTENTION to what they are doing while driving. This isn’t exactly rocket science.

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