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CDC: New York has lowest drunk driving rate in the nation

In recent news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of a comprehensive - and very interesting - survey concerning the trends/patterns of driving under the influence (DUI). In fact, the survey even determined which U.S. states had the highest and lowest rates of drunk driving. Where did New York rank on the list?

According to the CDC survey - published in the latest edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - approximately 4 million people confessed to driving under the influence while drunk drivers were found to have been on the road 112 million times in 2010.

While this may seem like a rather lofty figure, it actually constituted a 30 percent reduction in drunk driving from 2006.

CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH admitted that the decline in drunk driving was somewhat odd considering that alcohol consumption rates in the U.S. have not declined. However, he believed that the recession might simply be forcing more people to drink at home.

He was also adamant that the number of intoxicated motorists was still far too high.

"Each of those drunk driving episodes could have resulted in the injury or death of a fellow driver or of a kid biking to school. This is unacceptable," said Frieden at a news conference. "One out of three fatal motor vehicle crashes is related to drunk driving: nearly 11,000 such deaths each year."

Some of the more interesting findings of the CDC survey include:

  • Men comprise 81 percent of drunk drivers, while young men (ages 21-34) comprise 33 percent of drunk drivers
  • Binge drinkers comprise 85 percent of drunk drivers
  • The highest rates of drunk driving are found in the Midwest

Indeed, the three states with the highest rates of drunk driving were found to be:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Nebraska
  3. Massachusetts

The three states with the lowest rates of drunk driving were found to be:

  1. New York
  2. New Mexico
  3. New Jersey

Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

A DWI/DUI arrest can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.

When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

Web MD "Drunk drivers on road 112 million times a year, CDC says" Oct. 4, 2011

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