Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said this amounts to one death every 48 minutes and the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totaled more than $51 billion a year.
Of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0-14 years in 2010, 17 percent involved an alcohol-impaired driver, the CDC said.
Though episodes of driving after drinking dropped 30 percent in the past five years, it remains a serious problem -- alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in about one-third of crash deaths in 2009, the CDC said.
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