Mississippi has the ninth-highest drunken driving fatality rate in the nation, despite a drop of 63 percent over the past 20 years, and it's on the rise.
In 2002, 332 people in Mississippi died in drunk driving accidents, according to a new report by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
The .91 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel is a 63 percent drop from 1982, when Mississippi was fifth in the country in drunken driving deaths.
The national percentage also dropped by 63 percent for that period.
Even with the two-decade drop, only eight states and Puerto Rico had a higher fatality rate than Mississippi in 2002.
The national average for that year was point-61 deaths per 100 million miles. Puerto Rico had the highest rate at one-point-33. Vermont had the lowest at .28.
Mississippi's alcohol-related fatality rate also rose compared to 2001, when drunken drivers killed 277 people in the state.
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Source: www.whatsdrivingyou.org contributed to this report