Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content
CDC Home

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month -- December 1997

Persons who drive while impaired by alcohol or other drugs are a public health hazard to themselves and to others. During 1996, alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes resulted in 17,126 deaths in the United States (1). From 1987 to 1996, the total number of traffic fatalities decreased by approximately 10% (from 46,390 to 41,907, respectively), and the proportion of traffic fatalities that were alcohol-related decreased by approximately 20% (51% versus 41%, respectively) (1,2). Despite these reductions, alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults.

December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Coalition, a nationwide public- and private-sector coalition for the prevention of crashes related to impaired driving. Additional information about National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month is available from the Impaired Driving Division, Office of Traffic Injury Control Programs (NTS-11), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-9588; World-Wide Web site


  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts, 1996: alcohol. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Research, and Development, 1997.

  2. CDC. Reduction in alcohol-related traffic fatalities -- United States, 1990-1992. MMWR 1993;42:905-9.

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.

All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version ( and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #