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DUI incidents decrease in DC area, but drunk driving deaths increase

Police: Man charged with DUI after fatal hit-and-run in Prince William County (MGN Online)

A new report shows that although DUI-related incidents went down in the DC area, DUI-related deaths went way up.

The findings were part of an annual report by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) and compared 2017 drug and alcohol-related driving incidents with 2016.

The report found that in 2017 DUI-related crashes were down about 2.5% in the DC area, while injuries were down about 7% and arrests fell about 8%.

But the bad news was fatalities – DUI-related deaths jumped about 46% in 2017, going from 59 in 2016 to 86.

The president of WRAP says there is no easy answer as to why fatalities went up so much.

He encourages drivers to report anyone they suspect is driving drunk to police.

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