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Drunk Driving Statistics

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State-by-State Analysis: Drunk Driving in America

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a report from the Fatality Reporting Analysis System (FARS), 119,100 people have died as a result of alcohol-related crashes between 2003 and 2012. In 2015 alone, another 10,265 people died in alcohol-related motor vehicle collisions. The rate of deaths in a given state are calculated as the number of deaths in crash involving a driver with a blood-alcohol content over .08, per 100,000 people in the state during 2012. Here is what they found.

States with the Highest Rates of Fatalities

  • North Dakota (11.3)
  • Montana (9.4)
  • South Carolina (7.6)
  • Wyoming (7.1)
  • South Dakota (5.7)

States with the Lowest Rates of Fatalities

  •  Alaska and Washington D.C. (Tie: 0.00)
  • Utah (1.2)
  • New York (1.7)
  • New Jersey and Massachusetts (Tie: 1.8)

States with the Most Underage Drunk Driving Fatalities

  • Louisiana and South Carolina (Tie: 2.8)
  • Arizona (2.7)
  • Mississippi (2.6)
  • Kansas (2.3)

More Than Raw Numbers

To truly understand the problem, one has to look beyond these raw numbers. After all, the numbers vary widely from year to year. Take New York, for example. At a brief look at the per capita alcohol-related crash data, it would seem very few people die in New York each year, but this is incorrect. New York is a large state, and many New Yorkers (especially those living in the City) do not regularly drive. Therefore, 1.7 deaths per 100,000 actually translates to a much higher rate if you adjust for the people who use public transportation.

New York Alcohol Related Deaths

In 2015, there were 311 alcohol-related driving deaths in New York. Notably, 27.7% of all auto accident fatalities were alcohol-related, and over 63% of all fatalities involving alcohol actually involved a person with a BAC of .15 or higher. This is way above the “legal limit” of .08.  Interestingly, about 24.7% of minors (under 21) reported consuming alcohol in New York, and the vast majority of alcohol-related fatalities in the state involved repeat offenders, with 24% of deaths involving a BAC of .08-.14 were caused by repeat offenders and a remarkable 76% of deaths involving a BAC of .15 or more were caused by a repeat offender.

Alcohol Related Numbers are Improving

Although drunk driving death rates are still staggering across the country, there is evidence that things are improving. In New York alone, the rate of alcohol-related fatalities has dropped by 29% over the past 10 years. Advocates like M.A.D.D. and S.A.D.D. have had an incredible impact on reducing the rates of drunk driving and related fatalities. Likewise, state legislatures are continuing to put pressure on drivers to think twice, increasing penalties and creating ever-harsher long-term license suspensions. Repeat offenders now can face permanent license revocation in most states.

Contact a Long Island DWI Lawyer at 888-DUI-Lawyer Today

Given the steep penalties imposed on drunk drivers, if you are charged with a drunk driving offense, you need aggressive and experienced representation. If you or someone you love becomes the victim of a drunk driving accident, do not take chances. You need the experienced legal representation to protect your rights. When it matters most, trust the Long Island DUI Defense Lawyers to protect your rights. Call (888) DUI-Lawyer today to schedule your free consultation.

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