Alcohol-related fatalities increase in Oklahoma

Tuesday, August 23rd 2005, 6:23 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Traffic safety officials begin a campaign to crack down on drunken driving during the Labor Day holiday.

The National Highway Safety Administration says Oklahoma saw a 5 percent increase in alcohol-related fatalities last year. There were 212 in 2003 and 223 in 2004.

Alcohol-related fatalities declined slightly across the nation and fell in 32 states last year.

The NHTSA says there was a 2 percent decrease in 2004 in the number of fatal crashes involving at least a driver or a motorcycle rider with an illegal blood-alcohol level.