Deaths related to drunk driving in the City of Los Angeles decreased last year.

Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) assistant chief, said that 15 drunk-driving-related deaths occurred in the city from January to November last year — a 57 percent reduction in deaths compared to the same period in 2003.

In the last five years, serious injuries related to drunk driving decreased by 33 percent, McDonnell said.

“What these statistics show is that LAPD has been pro-active in making our streets safer for every driver,” Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn said.

“LAPD has developed public awareness campaigns, assembled DUI [driving under the influence] task forces and have set up sobriety checkpoints across the city to ensure that more families don’t have to suffer the tragic loss of a loved one,” the mayor added.

Statewide, alcohol-related fatalities increased 17 percent last year, McDonnell said.