Driving while impaired is illegal in all 50 states, however, some states struggle more than others with drunk drivers and drunk driving accidents. A map published by Backgroundchecks.org highlights the differences in drunk driving problems between states.
Each state is ranked by their DUI death rate per 100,000, the number of fatalities, DUI arrests, and the percentage of adults who reported drinking too much before driving.
Here are the top 10 states in the U.S. who have the worst problems with DUIs.
Wyoming is number one on the list with a DUI death rate of 9.56 per 100,000, the highest out of any other state.
A first time DUI conviction in Wyoming requires a license suspension as well as the installation of an ignition interlock device if the blood alcohol level (BAC) was above 0.15, almost double the legal limit.
2. North Dakota
3.4% of adults in North Dakota reported having too much to drink before getting behind the wheel, the highest percentage out of any other state. There were also 6,351 DUI arrests and 50 drunk driving deaths in 2016.
3. South Dakota
South Dakota has the worst DUI arrest rate out of the other states, with 844 per 100,000 arrests. 7,305 total DUI arrests were made in South Dakota and there was also a DUI death rate of 4.97 per 100,000. 2.2% of adults said they drank too much before driving.
Montana has the second highest DUI death rate, with 7.19 per 100,000. 2.4% of adults also reported having too much to drink before driving. A DUI offense in Montana will lead to a six-month license suspension.
5. South Carolina
South Carolina had a staggering 16,272 DUI arrests. There were 301 deaths as well as a DUI death rate of 6.07 per 100,000 in 2016.
Mississippi had 175 DUI deaths and 6,889 DUI arrests. A second DUI offense in Mississippi comes with a one-year license suspension or the installation of an ignition interlock device.
7. New Mexico
The DUI death rate in New Mexico is 4.71 per 100,000. 98 deaths occurred in 2016 along with 8,542 DUI arrests. In New Mexico, a first-time DUI conviction automatically leads to the installation of an ignition interlock device.
Kentucky had 17,825 DUI arrests and 192 deaths in 2016. In Kentucky, a first-time DUI offense leads to a license suspension and a second DUI offense requires the installation of an ignition interlock device in order to regain driving privileges.
1.7% of adults in Maine admitted that they had drank too much before driving before. There were 5,756 DUI arrests made and the DUI death rate was 3.91 per 100,000 in 2016. An ignition interlock installation is required to regain a suspended license after a first-time DUI offense in Maine.
Arkansas is number 10 on the list with a DUI death rate of 4.99 per 100,000 and 149 deaths. An ignition interlock device can be installed after a first-time DUI conviction in Arkansas in order to receive a restricted driving permit.
While the states mentioned may have a larger problem with DUIs compared to others, there were still 10,497 people across the United States who were killed in 2016 because of drunk driving according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.
Multiple studies have shown that ignition interlock devices are the most effective way of preventing drunk driving and reducing recidivism of DUI offenses.
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