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The Nation

The percentage of people who died on the nation’s highways dropped “to the lowest level in history” last year and deaths caused by drunken driving also declined, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole said. Dole said the fatality rate--the number of deaths per 100-million vehicle miles of travel--dropped to 2.48 in 1985, down from the 2.58 recorded in 1984. In the last five years, alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving drivers declined by 25%.


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