By Garth O'Brien | June 23, 2007
Filed Under DUI
In 2005 there were 647 total deaths. Forty-five percent of those were alcohol related. That means 294 people died in 2005 as a result of an alcohol related traffic death.
That statistic begs the question, “How many of those deaths resulted in a driver having a 0.08 or higher BAC level?” The answer is surprisingly high. Of the 674 total deaths, 235 or 36% involved a driver with a BAC level of 0.08 or higher.
The national average per state of alcohol related traffic deaths is 350.5. Washington is below the national average, but the death of 294 people is inexcusable. Support tougher DUI laws and support Ignition Interlock Device as standard equipment for every vehicle operated on the roadways.