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
In this photo taken Aug. 21, 2010, the famous Oxford Bar is shown in Missoula, Mont.   (AP Photo/Mike Albans)

(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.)

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Dec 9, 2010 3:05 PM CST
thought for sure it would be a southern state I guess we're a lil better than I thought. Or could it be law enforcement is doing a better job up north?
Dec 9, 2010 2:52 PM CST
Wisconsin Represent!! .08 Does't mean your drunk. People who drink more have a high tolerance to alcohol. Wedding Get Drunk, Birthday Get Drunk, Funeral Get Drunk! Any reason is a good reason!
Dec 9, 2010 10:34 AM CST
NM state supreme court justice Gene Francini said NM DWI problem started in the 1960s when "blue laws" were changed to allow alcoholic beverages to be sold in supermarkets and gas stations- State psychologists warned NM would have a HUGE DWI problem within 1 generation as we were giving our kids the WRONG message when we took them into a supermarket to buy food supplies- As we walked past the Bread section, the Milk section, the Egg section, the Produce section, the Bakery section, then the LIQUOR SECTION, what did we think our 3,4,5 yrs old would think? BOOZE is just a commodity, no problem there. When I was a kid, BOOZE was sold in brick buildings, no kids allowed Hey, they didn't even sell CANDY or GUM in those Liquor stores, NOTHING THERE FOR KIDS. Message I got was LOUD and CLEAR- BOOZE is NOT for kids; BOOZE is a dangerous substance Result- I didn't even have a drink until college when my BRANE had grown to an adult size to handle it. IF DWI's are such a big problem (people getting killed in car wrecks) WHY is it we allow BOOZE to be sold in almost every gas station? I thot Drinkin' and Drivin' were supposed to be separated- but its not Sum it up in one statement- AMERICA is just a BIG LIE