According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems (BFRSS), the percentage of adults in 2012 who reported driving after having too much to drink in the past 30 days ranged from .7% – 3.4%. The states where 2.7% or more of the respondents reported driving while drunk in the past 30 days included the following states:
- North Dakota
Montana and Nebraska tied for first place at 3.4%, while North Dakota came in second at 3.3%.
This means that based upon the sample taken, 34 out of every 1,000 Montana and Nebraska adults reported driving after having too much to drink in just the last month. It’s unclear how high the percentage might have been if the time period covered would have been over a longer period, such as the past year.
Shockingly, these percentages are only those who self-reported driving after having too much to drink. In all likelihood many others also drove drunk or significantly impaired who did not report having driven after having too much to drink.
What Can You Do?
Make good choices.
If you’re going out and think you may be going to drink too much, make plans in place before you go out to get a ride home by cab or a non-drinking friend.
If you see a friend or someone who has had too much to drink, intervene. Offer a trip home if you can, talk to the bar or restaurant manager or take other action to prevent the person from driving while intoxicated. If necessary, contact the police before the person begins driving.
How We Help
We strongly support Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other organizations that promote safe driving. Firm senior partner Stan Marks is a co-founder of the Arizona Chapter of MADD, and our lawyers serve on a number of different organizations devoted to helping the victims of drunk driving and other crimes.
If you or a family member has been injured by a drunk driver, please call us. In the interim, we ask for your help in eliminating drunk driving.