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the 41,821 fatalities in motor-vehicle crashes in the United
States in 2000, 40 percent involved the use of alcohol,
according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA). Nine percent of the fatalities involved
drivers or non-occupants with a blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) of 0.01-0.09 g/dL while 31 percent involved drivers
or non-occupants with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10
g/dL or greater (the legal limit for intoxication in most
states in 2000).
This represents a slight but significant increase over the number of alcohol-involved traffic fatalities that occurred in 1999. According to the NHTSA, A broad range of public health and traffic safety strategies will be needed to stem further increases and reduce the number of alcohol-related fatalities. .