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).