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Official government chart:
Figures from the NHTSA may be further revised by the NHTSA when it suits their agenda
FATALITIES IN MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC CRASHES, including pedestrians
TOTAL FATALITIES, ALCOHOL RELATED FATALITIES, AND
FATALITY RATES PER 100 MILLION VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED
|U.S. Government's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) 1993-2009|
Note: Alcohol related fatalities are
obtained using the New Methodology (Multiple Imputation).
Source: NHTSA statistics branch FARS. All info above is official government
info, except that which is in brackets [ ].
An example of MADD scare tactics: They tried to alarm the public over the "disturbing" increase in drunk driving deaths for 2002, which is 1/10th of 1% more than in 2001.
2002 is when they started using their
new method of calculating called "The New Methodology." According to the
NHTSA: The New Methodology results in figures 1 or 2% higher than the "Old
In essence, they changed their computing methods, which raised the numbers and then were alarmed that the figures were higher. FYI: according to the government, FARS is not pronounced "FARCE".
In 2003, the NHTSA worked with MADD by releasing "alarmingly" high numbers first and then revising them downward later after all states had passed the .08 law.
Even so, the more relevant number is deaths per Vehicle Mile Traveled (VMT), which continued to declined each year in both categories until 2005, and again in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Another related quote, not publicized because it does not promote the anti-alcohol agenda:
"In recent years, passenger car fatalities have been trending downward--the annual rise in overall passenger vehicle fatalities is due to fatal motorcycle and light truck crashes." NCSA (National Center for Statistics and Analysis), March, 2004.
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