Drunk Driving — Three PIA Western Alliance States in the Top 10 Most Dangerous States

We just wrapped up 2024’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. A lot of people drink a lot on holidays like that. The National Retail Federation said 27% of us took off for a bar or a restaurant to celebrate.

Another 40% went to a local liquor store, or grocery store, or a place where alcohol is sold, or served, and picked up some special drinks for the celebration. When it comes to actual drinking, on St. Patrick’s Day the average American consumes 4.2 drinks.

A lot of people binge drink on St. Patrick’s Day. Of those admitting to binge drinking, 32% are men and 20% of women admit to binge drinking.

That’s a lot of drinking but the driver’s education resource company, Zutobi says St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the holiday where we drink the most. That holiday belongs to Thanksgiving and it’s the holiday where we see the most drunk-driving incidents.

Believe it or not, but Christmas is the holiday that sees the least drinking.

Here is a list of the top-10 states where drunk driving is the most serious problem. Three of those states — Montana, New Mexico and Oregon — are PIA Western Alliance states. Montana ranks 1st, New Mexico 2nd and Oregon 5th.

1. Montana

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 43.51%

DUI arrests: 450.50

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 8.57

2. New Mexico

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 32.02%

DUI arrests: 279.59

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 7.81

3. North Dakota

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 32.67%

DUI arrests: 832.50

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 6.11

4. Oklahoma

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 24.20%

DUI arrests: 333.63

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 6.03

5. Oregon

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 35.89%

DUI arrests: 393.76

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 5.36

6. Missouri

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 28.54%

DUI arrests: 336.38

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 5.92

7. South Carolina

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 33.47%

DUI arrests: 257.93

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 7.57

8. South Dakota

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 35.14%

DUI arrests: 879.12

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 5.60

9. Texas

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 42.37%

DUI arrests: 339.54

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 8.30

10. Wyoming

Percent of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers: 34.55%

DUI arrests: 629.12

Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers: 8.22

Source link: PropertyCasualty360.com — https://bit.ly/3x5hX9O

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