And the State With the Booziest Drivers Is...

...Wisconsin, followed closely by North Dakota

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2010 7:17 AM CST

(Newser) – America's drivers are a boozy bunch: Some 30 million admitted to driving drunk within the last year and more than 10 million drove while high on drugs, according to a new report. But those numbers actually show progress, notes MSNBC. The survey of the years 2006 through 2009 found an average drunk driving rate of 13.2%—down from 2002 to 2005's 14.6% rate; drugged driving dropped to 4.3% from 4.8%. Wisconsin leads the pack in terms of drunk drivers, with a rate of 23.7%; North Dakota follows at 22.4%.

Rhode Island (7.8%) and Vermont (6.6%) take the top slots in terms of those driving while on drugs. Iowa has the lowest rate of drugged driving (2.9%); Utah and Mississippi have the lowest drunk driving rates, at 7.4% and 8.7%, respectively. Young respondents were more likely to cop to driving after a drink: 20% of drivers ages 16 to 25 said they had, versus 12% of those older than 26. (Click for an unusual drinking and driving story.)

In this photo taken Aug. 21, 2010, the famous Oxford Bar is shown in Missoula, Mont.   (AP Photo/Mike Albans)
A man holding a pint of lager with his car keys next to it on a table.   (Getty Images)
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