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WASHINGTON (AP) - Oklahoma ranks 25th among the 50 states and
District of Columbia in the number of alcohol-related traffic
deaths in 2003.
A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
says 255 people died in drunken driving crashes in the state last
year. The number is up slightly from the 251 alcohol-related
traffic fatalities in 2002.
Nationwide, the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths fell by
three percent last year, from 17,524 in 2002 to 17,013.
Texas had the highest number of traffic deaths related to alcohol use with more than 1,700.