Survey says: Over 13% of drivers drove drunk in the past year

A survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that on average, 13.2 percent of all drivers 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol and 4.3 percent of the same age group drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year.

Some of the states with the highest levels of drunk driving in the past year were Wisconsin with 23.7 percent and North Dakota with 22.4 percent. The highest rate of drugged driving was found in Rhode Island with 7.8 percent and Vermont with 6.6 percent.

States that showed the lowest rage of  drunk driving in the past year included Utah with 7.4 percent and Mississippi with 8.7 percent. Iowa and New Jersey had the lowest levels of past year drugged driving with 2.9 percent and 3.2 percent respectively).

“Thousands of people die each year as a result of drunk and drugged driving, and the lives of thousands of family members and friends left behind are forever scarred,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “Some progress has been made in reducing the levels of drunk and drugged driving through education, enhanced law enforcement and public outreach efforts. However, the nation must continue to work to prevent this menace and confront these dangerous drivers in an aggressive way.”

– By: Omar Rana