According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the number of drunken driving deaths in the United States rose last year after holding steady.
Wendy Hamilton said about 300 people are being killed each week in the U.S. in "completely preventable crashes."
The statistics were part of MADD's "Rating the States" report, in which the advocacy group graded each state and the nation as a whole on efforts to stop drunken driving.
Alabama earned a C. The nation also earned a C, California earned the highest mark, a B+, while Montana was the only state to flunk.
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Rating the States 2002
With alcohol-related traffic deaths on the rise, the United States was handed a "C" grade in the war on drunk driving, according to the MADD Rating the States 2002 report card released Nov. 21, 2002 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the GuideOne Foundation. The last time MADD issued the Rating the States report was in 1999 when the nation earned a "C+" grade.
Sixty percent of each state's overall grade was based on its alcohol-related fatality trend and priority drunk driving laws. The other 40 percent was based on political leadership, blood-alcohol testing and records, law enforcement programs, administrative measures and criminal sanctions, underage drinking prevention, and victim issues.
Founded in 1980, MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. MADD has more than 600 affiliates and two million members and supporters.
The Nation as a whole
District of Columbia
Source: http://www.madd.org (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) contributed to this report.