In an effort to keep Americans safer on the roads this year, BackgroundChecks.org researched state DUI rankings. The report was released on March 9, 2017. BackgroundChecks.org used a combination of CDC, Department of Transportation data, and local state data, to create a comprehensive score for each state.
Alaska was ranked #20 on the list, with the first state, Wyoming, having the worst DUI problems, and New York, #50 having the least problems with DUI and drunk driving.
The 10 states with the least DUI Problems are: New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey, Utah, Rhode Island, Virginia, Indiana, Washington, and Kansas.
The top 10 states with DUI problems in America are Wyoming,North Dakota,South Dakota,Montana, South Carolina, Mississippi,New Mexico, Kentucky, and Maine.
"The fact that over 10,000 people a year die from DUI related accidents is a travesty", said Trent Wilson, co-author of the research. "We hope this research will open some eyes and make people think twice before drinking and driving."
DUIs were on the rise in 2016, according to data released late last year by the CDC and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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