Alcohol Related Traffic Deaths Up

A new study shows 40 percent of traffic deaths in 2002 were alcohol-related. Traffic deaths topped 1,100 in 1999, then dipped below 1,000 in 2000 and 2001.

But a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the number rose 4 percent to 1,033 deaths in 2002.

The deadliest time to be on Alabama's highways was between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Sundays, which is about the time bars close.

The Associated Press