Midwest Wins Drunk Driver Booby Prize

April 23, 2008
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You'll have a more difficult time avoiding drunk drivers on the road if you're in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, or Wisconsin. A new report from the federal government says those states have the worst drunk driving rates in the country.

While 15 percent of drivers nationwide say they drove drunk in the past year, the rate in Wisconsin approached 25 percent, giving it the dubious honor of number one. The least offending state is Utah, where less than 10 percent of the driving population confessed to driving under the influence, followed by West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The report also found that black drivers are substantially less likely to drive drunk than white drivers.

Driving on drugs was also reported by the study. Seven percent of drivers in the District of Columbia said they drove while drugged, with Rhode Island and Massachusetts right behind. The states reporting the lowest drugged-driving rates were New Jersey, Alabama, and the Dakotas.

The AP reports that the drunk-driving report is drawn from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which sampled more than 125,000 citizens in a three-year period.

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