(12/19/2002)
Between 1982 and 2001, the number of alcohol-related fatalities on West Virginia's highways showed a steady decline, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a state-by-state look at alcohol related fatality rates.

Public awareness campaigns and stepped-up enforcement are being credited for the steady decline in alcohol-related fatal traffic accidents in West Virginia.

1982: Total Accidents 450 Alcohol Related 255 Percentage 54

1983: Total Accidents 425 Alcohol Related 253 Percentage 60

1984: Total Accidents 438 Alcohol Related 238 Percentage 54

1985; Total Accidents 420 Alcohol Related 219 Percentage 52

1986: Total Accidents 440 Alcohol Related 242 Percentage 55

1987: Total Accidents 471 Alcohol Related 239 Percentage 51

1988: Total Accidents 460 Alcohol Related 250 Percentage 54

1989: Total Accidents 468 Alcohol Related 235 Percentage 50

1990: Total Accidents 481 Alcohol Related 239 Percentage 50

1991: Total Accidents 414 Alcohol Related 202 Percentage 49

1992: Total Accidents 420 Alcohol Related 203 Percentage 48

1993: Total Accidents 429 Alcohol Related 190 Percentage 44

1994: Total Accidents 356 Alcohol Related 162 Percentage 46

1995: Total Accidents 376 Alcohol Related 168 Percentage 45

1996: Total Accidents 348 Alcohol Related 138 Percentage 40

1997: Total Accidents 381 Alcohol Related 152 Percentage 40

1998: Total Accidents 354 Alcohol Related 150 Percentage 42

1999: Total Accidents 395 Alcohol Related 149 Percentage 38

2000: Total Accidents 411 Alcohol Related 181 Percentage 44

2001: Total Accidents 376 Alcohol Related 135 Percentage 36


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