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Alcohol a Big Factor in Traffic Deaths in Hawaii, R.I., S.C., Wisconsin

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More than half of all traffic deaths in Hawaii, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Wisconsin involve alcohol, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Boston Globe reported Sept. 3 that 52 percent of Hawaiian traffic deaths were alcohol-related, the highest rate in the country. Eighty-four of the 161 people who died on Hawaiian roads last year were killed in incidents where a driver, pedestrian, or cyclist was under the influence of alcohol. In 39 percent of all fatal traffic crashes in Hawaii, the driver was legally drunk.

NHTSA also reported that nationwide, traffic fatalities fell from 43,510 in 2005 to 42,642 in 2006.

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