With the sheer number of outdated and in-construction roads, inescapably long commutes, and the most dangerous highway, Houston, and Texas alike, can’t seem to shake the title of "worst state for driving."
Zutobi, the world’s leading driver’s education company, conducted a study on the top 10 worst states for driving, and found that Texas alone has the fifth-highest amount of drunk driving in the nation with a DUI severity score of 69.8. This high score ranks out New York and Utah combined, both states scored low when it comes to impaired driving.
Utilizing data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the study ranked the states from the highest to lowest drunk driving incidents. The figures for Texas were severe, with 360 DUI arrests and a sobering 7.5 DUI fatalities per 100,000 drivers. The news comes not long after Buy Auto Insurance ranked Texas as the 4th worst state for DUI’s earlier this summer, with a total of 5,129 drunk driving traffic deaths.
While the numbers remain devastatingly high, the figures mark a notable decrease in drunk driving and fatalities. To put it into perspective, the percentage of DUI fatalities in the nation sank from 1985's shocking 41 percent to 28 percent in 2019. Over 18,000 DUI fatalities out of about 44,000 total traffic fatalities took place in 1985. Since 1995, DUI fatalities have fluctuated between 13,500 and 9,900. Zutobi’s research further finds that the age groups 21-24 and 25-34 are largely contributing to those figures.
Although the Lone Star State ranked No. 5 in the worst states for drunk driving, North Dakota received the top severity score, with 92.1, followed by Wyoming and Montana. South Dakota ranked 4th, scoring 70.5, and Idaho followed directly behind Texas in 6th with 67.6.
The study shakedowns a need to encourage safe drinking practices when driving. Navigating Texans relationship with alcohol an be a little daunting for newcomers, while longtime residents can get caught in the familiarity. Going the extra mile, whether offering to stay with a friend while they sober up or checking the crosswalk twice, can affect countless lives.
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