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States with the Highest DUI Arrest and Alcohol Consumption Rates

By Danielle Briones

Published on October 05, 2012

In this article, we have compiled some interesting data, including the states that rank the highest and lowest for vehicle miles traveled, alcohol consumption per capita, and DUI arrest rates.

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita

A report published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates the amount of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and spirits) that is consumed by the average individual each year; the study uses data from 2010's beverage sales, tax receipt reports, and shipment information from beverage industry sources to rank states based on the estimated amount of alcohol consumption per capita.

States with Highest Alcohol Consumption Per Capita

The following is the average amount of ethanol (pure alcohol) that is consumed per person, based on population age 14 and older.

  1. New Hampshire: 4.44 gallons
  2. District of Columbia: 3.84 gallons
  3. Nevada: 3.3 gallons
  4. Delaware: 3.09 gallons
  5. Alaska: 3.03 gallons
  6. North Dakota: 2.93 gallons
  7. Wisconsin: 2.76 gallons
  8. Vermont: 2.74 gallons
  9. Colorado: 2.71 gallons
  10. Nebraska: 2.31 gallons

States with Lowest Alcohol Consumption Per Capita

The following is the average amount of ethanol (pure alcohol) that is consumed per person, based on population age 14 and older.

  1. Utah: 1.35 gallons
  2. Kentucky: 1.78 gallons
  3. Arkansas: 1.81 gallons
  4. West Virginia: 1.83 gallons
  5. Tennessee: 1.88 gallons
  6. Oklahoma: 1.92 gallons
  7. Kansas: 1.95 gallons
  8. Georgia: 1.97 gallons
  9. Alabama: 1.97 gallons
  10. North Carolina: 2.0 gallons

Source: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Surveillance95/tab2_10.htm

Miles Driven on the Highways

Each year, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the State Transportation Statistics, which includes data on the number of highway vehicle miles driven using information that is submitted by the states and analyzed by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

States with Highest Vehicle-Miles Traveled

The following is the estimated number of miles driven per person, ranking the 10 states with the highest vehicle-miles traveled per capita in 2010.

  1. Wyoming: 16,948 miles
  2. Mississippi: 13,414
  3. Alabama: 13,408
  4. Oklahoma: 12,698
  5. New Mexico: 12,259
  6. North Dakota: 12,248
  7. Missouri: 11,819
  8. Indiana: 11,672
  9. Vermont: 11,579
  10. Georgia: 11,503

States with Lowest Vehicle-Miles Traveled

The following is the estimated number of miles driven per person, ranking the 10 states with the lowest vehicle-miles traveled per capita in 2010.

  1. District of Columbia: 5,936
  2. Alaska: 6,719
  3. New York: 6,767
  4. Hawaii: 7,331
  5. Nevada: 7,809
  6. Rhode Island: 7,867
  7. Pennsylvania: 7,889
  8. Illinois: 8,238
  9. Massachusetts: 8,293
  10. New Jersey: 8,299

Source: http://www.bts.gov/publications/state_transportation_statistics/state_transportation_statistics_2011/html/table_05_03.html

DUI Arrest Rates

The DUI arrest rates listed in this section were compiled based on 2009's driving under the influence arrest data from the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics from the University at Albany and 2010's total state population numbers (all ages) from the U.S. Census Bureau.

States with the Highest DUI Arrest Rate

The states with the highest arrest rates, based on number of arrests and population, are:

  1. Wyoming: 1.17%
  2. Idaho: 0.78%
  3. Alaska: 0.75%
  4. Nebraska: 0.71%
  5. South Dakota: 0.70%
  6. Wisconsin: 0.67%
  7. Arizona: 0.61%
  8. North Dakota: 0.58%
  9. New Mexico: 0.56%
  10. Nevada: 0.56%

States with the Lowest DUI Arrest Rate

The states with the lowest arrest rates, based on arrest rates and population, are:

  1. District of Columbia: 0.01%
  2. Delaware: 0.03%
  3. Illinois : 0.03%
  4. Ohio: 0.16%
  5. New York: 0.19%
  6. Louisiana: 0.19%
  7. Massachusetts: 0.19%
  8. Washington: 0.24%
  9. Rhode Island: 0.25%
  10. West Virginia: 0.26%

Sources: http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/tost_4.html#4_c, http://www.census.gov/

It is interesting to note that the District of Columbia has the lowest vehicle miles traveled and DUI arrest rates, despite having one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption. Alaska, on the other hand, is low on the vehicles miles traveled list, but ranks high on the alcohol consumption per capita and DUI arrest lists. North Dakota ranks in the top 10 on all lists: vehicle miles traveled, alcohol consumption per capita, and DUI arrest rate.

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seems aside of New Mexico and Arizona for some odd reason the highest DUI and drinkers are in the coldest areas. bar sports must be more common than getting out and doing something. Darts..pool etc.

tractorhead, 11 months ago

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