Getting Tipsy! New Report Says South Dakotans like to Drive Drunk
Here's something that we definitely don't want South Dakota to be known for, our residents like to drink and drive.
Dakota News Now is reporting that South Dakota is once again one of the top 5 states in the nation when it comes to the most drunk driving cases in the country.
According to data released in April of this year from Zutobi, an online driver education platform, South Dakota ranks #2 in the nation in DUI cases with a ‘DUI Severity Score’ of 81.2 out of 100. We trail Montana when it comes to getting tipsy.
The Treasure State had a 'DUI Severity Score' of 83.6. Wyoming, North Dakota, and Texas make up the rest of the top 5 states that like to drive buzzed.
What's worse, all of these states are no strangers to Zutobi's list. The exact same five topped the drunk driving list back in 2020 as well. Although, South Dakota's DUI Severity Score is down just a little bit from the number we posted three years ago.
35% of South Dakota's road fatalities in 2021 were linked to impaired driving. According to Dakota News Now, the new data showed there were 915 DUI arrests per 100,000 drivers in South Dakota.
Drunk driving fatalities have been on the rise throughout the nation since 2021. Actually, 2021 was the worst year for drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. since 2014.
The COVID pandemic is partially to blame for the spike in impaired driving incidents that year. A number of people throughout the country used alcohol as a coping mechanism to help deal with COVID-19.
Want another sobering stat, men are over 300% more likely to be involved in a fatal drunk driving accident than women.
Something to keep in mind the next time you get the urge to get behind the wheel while being drunk.
Remember, drink and drive in South Dakota, and our officers will show you some new bars. That's still a great anti-drinking and driving campaign.
Source: Dakota News Now
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