What is the Most Dangerous State for Drunk Driving?

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on May 25th, 2016

In which state would you think your chances of being injured by a drunk driver is the highest?  Which state has the highest incidence of DUI?  Which has the highest percentage of DUI arrests?  The highest fatality rate from drunk driving?

If you guessed California, you’d be wrong.  New York?  Wrong again.  Ditto all the usual suspects — Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Louisiana, etc.

According to a recent study based upon statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the winner (loser?) is….North Dakota.

Right.  Sleepy, rural, midwest North Dakota!  The state was tied (with Montana) for #1 in DUI arrests and #1 in DUI fatalities.  Based upon these two statistics, as well as such others as DUI penalties, types of DUI laws and cost per fatality, the "Peace Garden State" was rated #1 overall.  

The dubious "top 10" contains a few more surprises:

1.  North Dakota

2.  Montana

3.  Idaho

4.  Wisconsin

5.  South Carolina

6.  South Dakota

7.  Pennsylvania

8.  New Mexico

9.  Rhode Island

10.  Vermont

Beware the scenic and peaceful byways and highways of Vermont!

  • tz1

    No, the rankings are badly weighted, most per-capita so it isn’t relevant to the chances. So MA and CA are more dangerous but more heavily populated. And in sparsely populated places there aren’t a lot of laws needed. If there are 5 drunks in 1000 cars on the way home it is worse than 5 cars on the way home and maybe one has a drunk (who isn’t that impaired) only on a holiday.

  • Valid points. Obviously, the statistics are per capita and the focus was on the individual incidence of drunk driving in each state.

  • Our Brisbane DUI Lawyers Nate that a 42 yr old woman here in Qld, Australia recently who recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.48 – one of the highest recorded DUI offenders in the State. In any terms, Country or State that reading is hard to comprehend.