North Dakota ranked first in fatalities and in driving-under-the-influence arrests in 2015, according to the study by CarInsuranceComparison.com, a site that allows people to compare insurance companies.
Montana was second, with the highest cost per fatality and types of laws, according to the report. Idaho, Wisconsin, South Carolina and South Dakota rounded out the riskiest states for impaired driving, according to the study.
“I think that the combination of higher than average alcohol consumption and a higher chance of running into dangerous driving conditions with sleet, snow, and ice during the winter months could be the reason that we're seeing so many of those northern states rank poorly,” Tyler Spraul, who directed the study, told USA TODAY.
The Dakotas, Idaho and Wisconsin each ranked among the highest consumption of alcohol in 2009, according to a study by the
In North Dakota, state police and sheriffs are cracking down on underage drinking during the season for prom and graduation this year.”
“If we find them consuming or in possession of alcohol, they could end up in court and ordered to pay fines,” Bismarck Police Lt. Jason Stugelmeyer said this month.
Montana is focused on discouraging impaired driving, after having 33 people die in traffic accidents during January, February and March, which double the number during the same period in 2015. Nearly three-quarters of the state's fatalities during the last decade were because of impaired driving or failing to use seatbelts, according to the state
The percentage of adults who reported driving after drinking too much during the previous month was 3.4% in Montana, compared to 1.9% nationwide, the
“We are seeing an early surge in fatalities with every indication that things could get worse,” Mike Tooley, state transportation director, said last month.
Meanwhile, Utah, where more than two-thirds of the residents are
The rankings were based on statistics from the FBI, the
For example, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported a $132 billion cost in 2009 from drunken-driving incidents, with about half based on monetary costs and the rest on quality-of-life losses, based on research from the
The categories that contributed to CarInsuranceComparison.com's rankings included:
--Driving fatalities, which counted for 35% of a state’s score. The category counted motorists with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, which violates all state laws, and a lesser amount of alcohol.
--Arrests for driving-under-the-influence, which counted for 25% of a state’s score. The category included minors and adults at least 18 years old, divided by the population.
--The cost per fatality, which counted for 10% of a state’s score.
--Types of laws to discourage drunken driving, which counted for 10% of a state’s score.