Drunk Driving Deaths Decline in 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation officials say drunken-driving deaths fell slightly across the nation in 2005.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 23 states had a decrease in the fatality rate for crashes involving a driver with an illegal blood alcohol level of at least point-zero-eight.

The death rate involving those circumstances increased in 21 states and remained flat in six other states, including Ohio.

The government says more than 12-thousand-900 motorists died in a crash involving a legally drunk driver in 2005. The number was slightly higher in 2004.

Transportation officials say they're spending seven (m) million dollars for advertising during the December holiday season to prevent drunken driving.