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The methodology used for ranking the states was based on the number of drunk driving fatalities that occurred in that state per capita in 2017 and the BACs of the drivers in those accidents.
The more drunk driving fatalities per capita a state had and the higher the BAC of those drivers, the worse a state performed on this list. Lower numbers indicate a better score and higher numbers indicate a worse score.
Each BAC was weighted differently in the calculations.
Drivers with .15 BACs were considered worse for a state than drivers with BACs in the .08-.14 range.
And those drivers were considered worse for a state than drivers with BACs between .01-.07.
The weight that each BAC category was given in the calculations was determined by the percentage of deaths that occurred in that BAC category nationwide.
of drunk driving deaths in the United States occured with drivers with BACs .08-.14.
of drunk driving deaths in the United States occured with drivers with BACs .01-.07.
of drunk driving deaths in the United States occured with drivers with BACs .15 or above.
# of crash fatalities per million involving a BAC .15+ X .58
# of crash fatalities per million involving a BAC .08-.14 X .27
# of crash fatalities per million involving a BAC .01-.07 X .15
State's Drunk Driving Score
# of drunk drivers
# of drunk drivers
How old are the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes?
648 # of drunk drivers
1,347 # of drunk drivers
2,843 # of drunk drivers
1,862 # of drunk drivers
1,559 # of drunk drivers
1,114 # of drunk drivers
387 # of drunk drivers
191 # of drunk drivers
Drunk Driving by Vehicle Type
These are the types of vehicle driven by drunk drivers in fatal accidents.
# of drunk drivers: 4,297
# of drunk drivers: 3,962
# of drunk drivers: 1,932
# of drunk drivers: 1,721
# of drunk drivers: 284
# of drunk drivers: 116
# of drunk drivers: 1,454
Breakdown of Drunk Drivers by Setting and Time
Percentage of drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes
These are devices installed in cars of previous drunk driving offenders that require the driver to take a breathalyzer test in order to turn the vehicle on. Since people with prior drunk driving convictions typically become repeat offenders, these help to prevent that from happening and change the behavior long-term.
Local law enforcement can get tougher on drunk driving by setting up sobriety checkpoints and publicizing their efforts to crack down on drunk driving in order to discourage people from driving under the influence. The cost of a DUI is also very high to try to deter people as well.
The enforcement of an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) restricts the driving privileges of a drunk driving offender while they await trial. This keeps offenders off of the road for longer and discourages their attorneys from delaying legal proceedings. Drivers are also required to get sr22 insurance in most states.