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How Georgia DUI Rates Compare to Other States

Posted by John Hadden | Jan 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is good news when it comes to Americans and drunk driving. Since 2009, DUI arrests have fallen more than 35 percent. Thanks to education campaigns by organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and state law enforcement agencies, it seems more people are getting the message that if you drive impaired—whether it's from alcohol, illegal drugs, or even prescription medication—you risk seriously harming or even killing others on the road.

Even still, if you have been involved in a drunk-driving accident in the greater Atlanta area, you know the pain and anguish of not only recovering from your physical injuries but also from knowing that the accident was totally preventable if not for the negligence of the drunk driver.

Georgia's Ranking

The U.S. Drug Test Center released a study based on FBI data from 2018 that highlights which states have the most DUI arrests in the country. Georgia ranked 23rd overall in DUI rates, meaning there were 308.7 DUI arrests per 100,000 people. From 2014 to 2018 there was a short-term increase in Georgia DUI arrests, but from 2009 to 2018 there was a decrease in DUI arrests. Georgia seems to have peaked in 2009 with nearly 400 DUI arrests for every 100,000 people.

According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 25 percent of the 375 traffic fatalities in 2018 were alcohol-related.

Where the Other States Ranked

The U.S. Drug Test Center report, unfortunately, found that DUI arrests consistently persist in a handful of states, namely in the Dakotas and Wyoming. It might be that the rural makeup of those states makes it harder for people to either call a taxi or a rideshare company to get home after a night of visiting the bars. Overall, DUI rates in the western United States eclipse the overall rate. There were 346 DUI arrests per 100,000 people in the West, 291 in the South, 280 in the Midwest, and 269 in the Northeast.

The ten states with the lowest DUI rates were Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Alabama, Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Delaware, which had the country's lowest DUI rate of 44.3 per 100,000 people. The ten states with the highest DUI rates were South Dakota, with a DUI rate of 721.9 per 100,000 persons, followed by North Dakota, Wyoming, North Carolina, Mississippi, New Mexico, Maine, Washington, Alaska, and Wisconsin.

The report also found that men accounted for three out of four DUI arrests in 2018. Adults in their 20s made up the largest number of arrests, with those who are 60 and older only made up 5.9% of arrests.

The Hadden Law Firm Holds DUI Drivers Accountable

The Hadden Law Firm feels strongly about holding those who choose to drive impaired accountable for their negligence. John Hadden has experience representing victims in personal injury cases involving DUI drivers. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may have personal injury claims beyond those that are available to people injured in non-DUI accidents. Call The Hadden Law firm at 404-939-4525 or fill out a contact form to get started on your case today.

About the Author

John Hadden

John D. Hadden is the owner and founder of the Hadden Law Firm. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he is author of three respected treatises on Georgia litigation practice: Greens Georgia Law of Evidence, Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice, and Georgia Magistrate Court...


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