South Carolina Ranked Fifth in Report on Worst States for Drunk Driving
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Mar 16, 2017 in Auto Accidents
South Carolina is the fifth-worst state for driving under the influence (DUI), according to BackgroundChecks.org's recent report ranking all 50 states for problems related to impaired driving.
In 2014, South Carolina had the fourth-highest DUI death rate (6.07) per 100,000 people. The report also revealed the following statistics about drunk driving in The Palmetto State in 2014:
- Drunk driving fatalities: 301
- DUI arrests: 16,272
- DUI arrest rate per 100,000: 328
- Percentage of adults who reported drinking too much before driving: 1.6
One positive from the BackgroundChecks.org report was that there was a 9.1 percent decrease in crimes related to drunk driving in 2014 compared to 2013.
However, this is the second report this year to highlight the severity of South Carolina's drunk driving problem. Earlier this year, a CarInsuranceComparison.com report revealed that The Palmetto State had the 10th-highest percentage of fatal car accidents involving alcohol in 2014.
For the BackgroundChecks.org report, researchers used a weighted formula to account for all of the statistics on each state and rank them from worst to best.
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