Despite Police And PR Focus, Maine Had More Alcohol Fatalities In ’07


Despite widespread advertising campaigns and increased police patrols aimed at deterring drunken drivers, Maine was one of 18 states that saw an increase in alcohol-related fatalities in 2007, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sixty-six people died on Maine roads in alcohol-fueled accidents in 2007, 14 more than in 2006, reports the Bangor Daily News. In 2006, 52 people died on Maine roads in accidents in which alcohol was a factor.

The jump to 66 in 2007 represents an increase of 21 percent. Nationally, the data were positive. There were 493 fewer alcohol-related fatalities in the United States in 2007, a decrease of 4 percent from 2006. The nation saw 13,491 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2006, and 12,998 in 2007. Thirty-two states saw decreases, led by California (117 fewer), Texas (108) and Arizona (63).


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