Iowa, Utah Set Example for Sober Driving

Iowa, Utah Set Example for Sober Driving


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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures show Utah and Iowa to be the least likely states for people to die in alcohol-related crashes.

Less than 30 percent of traffic accidents in both states involve alcohol.

Rhode Island has the worst figure at 50 percent.

Iowa and Utah vary in culture and population. But the federal agency both share tough laws on drunken driving.

Nationally, alcohol-related fatalities declined by two-point-four percent last year -- the second straight year they've decreased.

Ironically, Utah had the biggest spike in the country.

Last year, about 24 percent of Utah's traffic fatalities were alcohol-related -- up from 15 percent in 2003.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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