Kentucky has the 2nd. Lowest Alcohol Related traffic death rate in the nation in 2006. 70% of Ky. Traffic Deaths Not Alcohol Related.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the per cent of alcohol related traffic deaths in Kentucky in 2006 was 30% of all traffic fatalities. Only Utah, where a high per cent of its population are Mormons who do not drink alcohol, is lower. Utah had a rate of 24%. The highest per centage of alcohol related traffic deaths in 2006 was in Hawaii where the per cent of alcohol related traffic deaths was 52%
Ohio was 39%, Indiana was 36%, Illinois was 47%, Tennessee was 40%, West Virginia was 39%. In 2006 there were 25,040 total traffic deaths in the U.S. This was down 880 or 3.4% from 2005.
Alcohol related traffic deaths in the U.S. for 2006 totaled 17,590 down from 17,602 in 2005. In 2006, an estimated 13,470 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 g/dL or above – a decline of 0.8 percent from the 13,582 fatalities in 2005. The NHTSA did not reveal in their national study, how the police determine if the alcohol actually played an influence in the accident which resulted in a death. The statistics only report that one or more of the drivers involved had consumed alcohol. The 2006 Annual Assessment of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Fatalities and Injuries shows that 17,602 people were killed in the United States in alcohol-related motor vehicle traffic crashes – essentially unchanged from the 17,590 alcohol related
fatalities in 2005.Kentucky DUI TRAFFIC DEATH statistics:
2005 – Kentucky 985 Total Traffic Deaths
Of which 311 (32%) were alcohol related deaths
In these traffic death cases, 249 Drivers had a BA level of .08% or greater.
2006 – Kentucky 913 Total Traffic Deaths
Of which 272 (30%) were alcohol related deaths
In these traffic death cases, 222 – Drivers had a BA level of .08% or greater. This was a reduction of 27 deaths (-10.8%).
From 2005 to 2006
Kentucky had a drop of 72 Total Traffic Deaths (-7.3%) from 2005 to 2006.
Kentucky had a drop of 39 Alcohol Related Deaths (-12.5%) from 2005 to 2006.
Drop of 27 in Driver with .08 or greater (-10.8%)
This study can be reviewed at : http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/