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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month December 1998

Persons who drive while impaired by alcohol or other drugs pose a public health hazard to themselves and others. During 1997, alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes resulted in 16,189 deaths in the United States (1). During 1987 1997, the proportion of all traffic fatalities that were alcohol-related decreased by 24% (from 51.0% to 38.6%) (1). During the same period, the rate of alcohol-related motor-vehicle deaths decreased 39%, from 9.8 to 6.0 per 100,000 persons (2,3). The national health objective for 2000 for alcohol-related motor-vehicle deaths is 5.5 per 100,000 persons. A draft of the national health objectives for 2010 for impaired driving are available for public comment through December 15, 1998, at the Healthy People 2010 World-Wide Web site,

December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Coalition, a nationwide public/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, SW, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-9588; or World-Wide Web site - index.html.


  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic safety facts 1997: alcohol. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Research, and Development, 1998.

  2. National Center for Health Statistics. Healthy people 2000 review, 1995 96. Hyattsville, Maryland: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, 1996.

  3. Bureau of the Census, Economics and Statistics Administration, US Department of Commerce. IDB data access display mode. Available at idbprint.html. Accessed December 8, 1998.

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