1 in 6 Drink and Drive: Survey

Government study shows numbers over 25% in some states
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 12:48 PM CDT
That comes to an estimated total of 30.5 million intoxicated drivers.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – About 15% of Americans drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year, and another 4.7% drove while on drugs, according to a new government survey. Wisconsinites were particularly hammered, with 26.4% driving drunk, followed closely by North Dakota (24.9%) and Minnesota (23.4%). Utah had the national low at 9.5%, Reuters reports.

“This report highlights the enormous public health risk posed by this problem—one threatening the lives of many Americans every day,” one official said.