Study: Georgia No. 21 in Country for Drunk Driving Fatalities
GEORGIA – As reported online by patch.com, a recent study found that Georgia ranked 21st in the country for drunk driving fatalities. The study was released right before New Year’s Eve, which tends to be one of the deadliest days of the year for alcohol-related accidents.*
Looking at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, SafeWise calculated the drunk driving fatality rates in every state. Georgia fell at the No. 21 spot with 3.51 drunken or impaired driving deaths per every 100,000 people in 2017.
The states with the highest rates were Wyoming (7.59 deaths per every 100,000 people), South Carolina (6.22 deaths per every 100,000 people), North Dakota (6.08 deaths per every 100,000 people), New Mexico (5.74 deaths per every 100,000 people), and Alabama (5.49 deaths per every 100,000 people).
The states with the lowest rates were New Jersey (1.38 deaths per every 100,000 people), New York (1.48 deaths per every 100,000 people), Minnesota (1.52 deaths per every 100,000 people), Utah (1.70 deaths per every 100,000 people), and Massachusetts 1.74 deaths per every 100,000 people).
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 300 people are killed every year in the U.S. because of drunk driving crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 people die every day in the United States from motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. This breaks down to one alcohol-related vehicle accident fatality every 50 minutes.
In 2016, the CDC indicates almost 10,500 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, which accounted for nearly 30 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States that year.
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