People in Midwest More Likely to Drive Drunk
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that people are more likely to drive drunk in Hawaii and the U.S. Midwest.
For the report, people across the U.S. were surveyed on how many times in the last 30 days they drove after possibly “having too much to drink.”
People in Hawaii were found to be the most likely to decide to drive after a night of drinking, with 995 such episodes per 1,000 people a year–although that does not mean that nearly every person is driving drunk, but rather that the cumulative effect of people drinking and driving was found to be at that level. By contrast, Utah had just 217 yearly episodes of drunk driving per 1,000 people.
Overall, the CDC also found a dramatic difference in rates between different states and regions of the country, as well as between genders. Those in the Midwest were more likely to drive drunk than the average American, with Nebraska leading the way with 955 drinking and driving cases per 1,000 people,
Men were found to be behind four out of five drunk driving cases, as well as adults between the ages of 21 and 34. Driving drunk was also shown to be linked to other risky behavior such as binge drinking and inconsistently wearing a seatbelt.
Drunk driving continues to be a major cause of accidents, the researchers said. In 2013, more than 10,000 people died in car crashes in which the driver had a blood alcohol level above 0.08 percent, the legal limit for drunk driving.