Alcohol-related fatalities lowest in a decade in state

Alcohol-related fatalities lowest in a decade in state
South Dakota's final crash statistics for 2007 are in, and they show big progress on state roadways. South Dakota is seeing positive crash statistics it hasn't seen in a decade.

Alcohol-related fatalities dropped by 18 percent from 2006 to 2007 – marking the state's lowest alcohol-related fatality count since 1997.

Fatal crashes dropped by 25 percent from 2006 to 2007. This is the fewest number of fatal crashes South Dakota has seen since 1997.


People killed in crashes dropped by 24 percent from 2006 to 2007. This is the fewest number of crash fatalities the state has seen since 1993.

"This is phenomenal news and a testament to the dedication of those working to improve highway safety and to those using the roadways," said James Carpenter, director of the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety. "I really want to thank the people of South Dakota for being responsible drivers and making our roads safer."

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