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.