New data suggests that more than 10,000 people were killed in the US as a result of drunk driving in 2015 while over 200,000 people were injured in DUI-related incidents.
In an effort to inform Americans about the dangers of drunk driving, BackgroundChecks.org examined DUI statistics in all 50 states to determine which states had the most problems with drunk driving.
About The DUI Report
Researchers used data from multiple sources including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Transportation (DOT) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
After applying a weighted formula to the data, researchers published a detailed report ranking the best and worst states for DUI-related incidents per capita.
To read the full DUI report from BackgroundChecks.org, click here.
New York Named “Best” State For Having The Least Drunk Driving Problems
According to the report, the State of New York came in at #1 on the list for being the state with the least drunk driving problems relative to the state’s population.
Researchers say that there were a total of 28,988 DUI arrests in the State of New York in 2015, or 147 DUI arrests per 100,000 people. Statistics show that most of the DUI arrests occurred within the Greater New York Metropolitan Area in places like Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and Long Island.
While New York was one of the states with the most DUI arrests in 2015, the rate of DUI arrests per 100,000 people was one of the lowest rates in the country.
Researchers also looked at statistics on fatalities directly attributed to drunk driving in each state and gave more weight to this data when ranking states with the worst DUI problems.
According to the report, there were a total of 311 fatalities that were directly attributable to driving under the influence in New York during 2015.
Any death caused by drunk driving is a major tragedy and in an ideal world there would be no drunk driving.
However, drunk driving is an unfortunate reality of life that often has fatal consequences and New York had one of the lowest rates of DUI-related fatalities per capita in 2015.
Despite being ranked #1 for being the state with the least drunk driving problems per capita, New York has a long way to go when it comes to reducing, and ultimately, eliminating drunk driving.