Highway deaths down slightly; alcohol-related fatalities up

| 5/29/2007

Traffic deaths on U.S. roads and highways were down just slightly in 2006, compared to the previous year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 43,300 people died in traffic accidents last year – 143 fewer than in 2005.

At the same time, alcohol-related fatalities were up nearly two-and-a-half percent last year, accounting for almost 18,000 deaths.

The DOT report is based on preliminary figures, and doesn’t provide any breakdown as to how heavy trucks fared in terms of fatal accidents.