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Report: Top 5 Houston-area sites for drunk driving fatalities

With Mardi Gras ramping up and hitting its peak this coming weekend, we have opted to focus a bit of specific attention on the issue of personal injuries caused by excessive intake of alcohol.

Readers will recall that last week we raised a question about whether the festivities warrant greater concern about possible pedestrian accidents. This week, we hope to raise reader awareness about the issue of drunk driving and the threat that poses in terms of instances of fatal motor vehicle accidents.

As it turns out, a recent report by Houston's Channel 2 news reveals that while the Mardi Gras season might be a time of heightened police attention on the subject, the issue of drunk driving fatalities is worth being worried about all year round.

Indeed, according to officials of the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Harris County is considered the drunk driving capital of the nation. On a percentage basis, the number of fatal crashes in which alcohol is involved is higher in this region than anywhere else in the country.

And as the Channel 2 report discovered, areas of Galveston Island and Pasadena, along with three areas of Harris County have accounted for the greatest numbers of those kinds of accidents in the past three years. After looking at data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, here's what the station found to be the top five spots -- in reverse order.

Number 5: Airline Drive between Little York and Aldine Bender (6)
Number 4: The beltway between I-45 and 249 (8)
Number 3: Galveston Island, between 20th street and 61st street (10)
Number 2: Pasadena, south of 225 to Spencer Highway (11)
Number 1: Along FM 1960 between I-45 and 290 (14)

In light of that data, it should be no surprise that Galveston authorities report they will be looking to stem fatal and injury-causing accidents by cracking down on drunk drivers this weekend.

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