There is good news and bad news in the latest federal accident and death statistics, covering 2000. Alcohol-related deaths rose by 677 over the '99 level, to 16,653. Motorcycle-related deaths rose as well, by 15.3 percent, to 2,862, in part because of an increase in motorcycles on the road.
But deaths of pedestrians, children in cars and bicyclists fell, as did deaths involving heavy trucks.
All told, 41,821 people died on the nation's roads last year, a figure that, sadly, doesn't change much year after year.
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