Study: Most kids killed by their own drivers in DUI crashes

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 1:41 PM

A new study, published by The American Academy of Pediatrics, reports two-thirds of kids killed in drunk driving accidents were in the same car as the impaired driver.

Using data from 2001-2010, researchers found 2,344 kids under the age of 15 were killed in alcohol-related crashes nationwide. In a majority of the cases, the study said the children were not wearing a seat belt.

The statistics were compiled using Fatality Analysis Reporting System data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Researchers also discovered the number of children killed by drunk drivers declined by 41 percent over the decade.

In Washington, the study reported 28 child passenger deaths. Texas and California had the most deaths, but researchers found that the rates were higher in smaller states.

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