The Highest and Lowest Drunk Driving Rates In the U.S. are….
The government just put out the results of a national survey on drunk driving and drug use, and one thing is clear: If you’re taking a road trip from Montana to Wisconsin, expect to see some SWERVING.
Seven of the ten states with the highest drunk driving rates are in the north-central part of the country: Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The other three are all clustered in the Northeast: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
–Wisconsin has the highest rate in the country . . . 23.7%, or about one out of four drivers, admit to driving drunk in the past year. North Dakota is second, at 22.4%.
–Utah had the lowest drunk driving rate, at 7.4%, and Mississippi had the second-lowest, at 8.7%.
–Texans are right in the middle at 12%.
Overall, 13.2% of people in the U.S. age 16 and older drove drunk in the past year. That’s actually down from the mid-2000s, when 14.6% had driven drunk. But even though the percentage is down, 13.2% still means about 30.6 million Americans are driving drunk. 32% of all traffic-related deaths, or about 12,000 total deaths, are the result of alcohol.