The US DUI Report: Historical Trends and Breakdown (State-by-State)

Traffic Safety News

Zutobi has released the US DUI report, it’s historical breakdown and trends state-by-state. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a major reason for road accidents and road deaths in the United States each year. Despite the data pointing in the right direction, there is still much improvement needed. In 2019, alcohol-impaired road fatalities accounted for nearly a third of all fatal road crashes in the US, which is a staggering 10,142 deaths.

Alcohol-impaired fatalities have decreased from 41% of all road fatalities in 1985 to 28% in 2019. However, this is still an overwhelming amount of fatalities - and this percentage can be greatly decreased. 10,142 alcohol-related road fatalities in 2019 were solely a result of drunk driving and would not have occurred otherwise.

In terms of results by state, North Dakota received a DUI severity score of 92.1 out of 100, making it the worst state in the nation. In 2019, 41% of the state’s road fatalities involved a drunk driver, and there were 868 DUI arrests per 100.000 drivers. North Dakota was followed by Wyoming (79.2), Montana (75.1), South Dakota (70.5), and Texas (69.8). Utah received a DUI severity score of 28 out of 100. In 2019, only 16% of the state’s road fatalities involved an impaired driver, which is well below the national average at 28%. The state also reported around 240 DUI arrests and 1.83 DUI fatalities per 100.000 drivers. 

To read the complete list of DUI statistics state by state, click here.

US DUI Report