DUI Statistics by State: Think Before You Drink (and Drive)
By: Good2GoPublished: March 12, 2013
It’s a Friday night and you want to go out and party with your friends. You have a few laughs and a few drinks before it’s time to head on home. You stumble to your car as you fumble to find your keys. You manage to get in the car and turn on the ignition. You probably think you’re all right to drive and ignore your friends telling you that you’re too drunk to drive. Newsflash: you are.
Being convicted of a DUI or a DWI is a serious matter and law enforcement officials across the U.S. do not take this offense lightly. Every state in the U.S. defines drunk driving as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08%. If you are caught driving drunk, you could face serious penalties such as: license suspension, fines, community service and jail time. Getting behind the wheel impaired is a dangerous decision that could cost you your life and the lives of others.
To put the problem into perspective, here are some disturbing facts about drunk driving and driving under the influence. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010 – that’s one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. In addition to consuming alcohol, drivers who took controlled substances like marijuana and cocaine accounted for about 18% of traffic deaths. If you are a parent, think about the fact that 17% of vehicle-related deaths among children between 0 and 14 years of age involved a drunk driver. And the worst part is over half of children were in a car with a drunk driver.
There is good news, however. The Century Council reports that in 2011 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have declined 35%, and among our nation’s under 21 population such fatalities have declined 58%.
DUI Statistics by State
Wondering what the DUI statistics are in your state? Take a look at the table below which highlights the number of arrests per state, the number of alcohol related fatalities and the differing penalties. Remember, if you are convicted of a DUI, you are considered a high risk driver and would need to obtain high risk auto insurance and possibly require SR-22 insurance documentation in order to drive.
Take precautions when you decide to go out on the town and kick back a few drinks with friends. Assign someone to be the designated driver and take turns each night you go out. Or simply call a cab. If you really want to be the hero of the night, take away the car keys of a friend who is attempting to drive home drunk.
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