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DUIs in Georgia: How does the state measure up when it comes to drunk driving?

January 28, 2020

GEORGIA - Georgia falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to drunk driving rates, according to A recent study conducted by a drug testing company looked at and reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine which states have the highest numbers of impaired drivers.*

DUIs in Georgia: How does the state measure up when it comes to drunk driving?

According to the research, in 2018, Georgia was in 23rd place out of all 50 states. About 309 DUI arrests were made in Georgia for every 100,000 residents. The number of DUIs in the state dropped by almost thirteen percent between 2009 and 2018. While the overall numbers dropped, there was a 32.4 percent increase in arrests for DUIs between 2014 and 2018. 

The numbers are in line with the national trend, which shows a decrease since 2009 in DUI arrests. Only three states experienced increased numbers of DUIs in that same time period.  

While drunk driving is becoming a less common trend overall, still about one-quarter of all traffic deaths in Georgia last year involved drunk drivers. Georgia law prohibits drivers from operating vehicles when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or greater. Violating this law will cause a driver to face criminal charges and a driver’s license suspension. Fines, jail time and public service may also be required as punishment. Penalties will increase when drivers’ BACs are higher or if a motorist has multiple related violations. 

The worst state in the country for DUIs was South Dakota, where 721.9 arrests were made for every 100,000 people in the state. North Dakota, Wyoming, North Carolina, and Mississippi rounded out the top five states with the poorest drunk driving records. With only 44.3 arrests per 100,000 people, Delaware had the lowest DUI arrest rates in the United States. 

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