Colorado Among Top States With DUI Drivers

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Insurify, a website that helps users compare auto insurance quotes, conducted a study looking at the percentage of drivers reporting a history of DUI. The study collected data from the last seven years of more than 1.6 million people who signed up to use Insurify’s service between 2016 and 2019 to compile a list of the top 10 states with the highest percentage of drivers with a DUI history, said Nick Behn, content specialist at Insurify.

The ten states are North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming. Colorado came in at 10th place with 3.13 percent of drivers with a DUI history.

All of the states in the study are ones with large rural areas and harsh winters, both are factors that contribute to the percentage of drivers with DUI histories. Due to colder climates, bars become a venue for socialization with a decrease in available outdoor activities. Drinking and driving is more common in rural areas where people have to travel farther to get to the bar and back home which increases their odds of facing difficulty in driving and getting picked up.