LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Kentucky is facing a grim milestone, one of the largest national increases in fatal drunk driving crashes.

From 2019 to 2020 fatal car accidents involving alcohol went up nearly 32% statewide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s more than double the national average of 14%.

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The national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Alex Ottie, who lives in central Kentucky, calls the numbers heartbreaking.

“It was really hard to see the increase in drunk driving crashes and fatalities across the nation, but I always say I may be the national president. But home is where the heart is and so for one of the biggest increases to be in Kentucky was devastating, so it is really scary to see that number. But I hope it wakes everyone up that we truly do have a problem here,” said Ottie.

She said the ranking makes her even more determined to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.