10 Worst States for Drunk Driving [3-Year Study]

The 10 worst states for drunk driving have an average of 6.8 traffic deaths caused by a drunk driver for every 100,000 residents. Eight out of the top 10 worst states for drunk driving are located in the South, with the other two in the West. While the national number of drunk driving traffic deaths declined during our three-year study period, three of the 10 worst states for drunk driving saw increases in traffic fatalities involving a driver impaired by alcohol. The deadliest state for drunk driving is Mississippi with 543 alcohol-related traffic deaths during our study period.

UPDATED: Jun 12, 2023Fact Checked

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Chris Tepedino

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Chris Tepedino is a feature writer that has written extensively about auto insurance for numerous websites. He has a college degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and has experience reporting, researching investigative pieces, and crafting detailed, data-driven features. His works have been featured on CB Blog Nation, Flow Words, Healing Law, WIBW Kansas, and Cinncinati....

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Cynthia Lanctot

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Cynthia Lanctot is an insurance professional with ten years of industry experience. Cynthia is licensed in several states, and holds an associate in claims law, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English. Cynthia’s experience includes the New England and Northeast states. She currently works as a liability claims professional and an occasional online contributor.

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Worst (& Best) States for Drunk Driving
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