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.
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.
A man holding a pint of lager with his car keys next to it on a table.   (Getty Images)
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