Senseless deaths at record levels in 2005 as reported here:
Total U.S. traffic deaths in 2005 reached 43,200, according to the statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Some 16,972 of those deaths were alcohol related.
"Every year this country experiences a national tragedy that is as preventable as it is devastating," Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said in a statement.
During the period from 2003 to 2006, over 120,000 Americans will have been killed getting from Point A to Point B.
UPDATE: Projecting from 2003 and 2004 figures,California alone will have over 3300 deaths from incidents involving a driver with a blood alcohol level above .08 for the period 2003 through 2006. Did I mention totally preventable?