Drunken driving deaths have increased in West Virginia. Statistics show traffic fatalities involving alcohol were up more than 17 percent last year from the previous year. There were 129 traffic deaths in West Virginia involving legally drunk drivers in 2006. That's 19 more than in 2005.
West Virginia is one of 22 states where the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths increased.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data this week showing there were 13,470 deaths nationwide in 2006 involving drivers and motorcycle operators with blood alcohol levels of .08 or higher. That's the legal limit for adults throughout the country.
The number was down slightly from 2005, when 13,582 people died
in crashes involving legally drunk drivers.
Transportation officials announced the new figures as they unveiled an 11 million dollar nationwide advertising campaign as part of a Labor Day weekend crackdown. The project is called "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest."