DUI: 20% of Young Drivers Admit to Drunk Driving. Study Finds High DUI Rates However New Jersey Driving Under the Influence of Drugs One of the Lowest in the Nation
According to a recent survey of driving habits between 2006 and 2009, in DUI cases more than 30 million Americans admit to drunk driving in the previous year, while more than 10 million say they drove under the influence of illicit drugs. The survey numbers also show a broad variation of DUI rates on a state-by-state basis, and show that young drivers are more likely to admit to DUI.
Iowa and New Jersey had the lowest rates of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs in the past year – 2.9 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which released the report on Thursday, the DUI rates are alarmingly high, but they also reflect some progress in getting DUI drivers off the road. Moreover, pooled survey data from 2006 to 2009 showed the average annual rate of drunk driving dropped to 13.2 percent, down from 14.6 percent from 2002 to 2005. Driving under the influence of drugs dropped from 4.8 percent to 4.3 percent.
Breaking down rates by state, the report shows that the states with the highest rates of drunk driving in the past year were Wisconsin (23.7 percent) and North Dakota (22.4 percent). The highest levels of driving under the influence of drugs in the past year were Rhode Island (7.8 percent) and Vermont (6.6 percent). When it comes to the lowest rates, Utah and Mississippi had the lowest levels of drunk driving – 7.4 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively -, while Iowa and New Jersey had the lowest rates of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs in the past year – 2.9 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.
The survey also found that young drivers aged between 16 and 25 were more likely to admit to DUI than older drivers. Nearly 20 percent of these young drivers said yes to drunk driving in the previous 12 months, while only 12 percent of those aged 26 or older admitted to DUI. Moreover, 11.4 percent of young drivers aged between 16 and 25 admitted to driving under the influence of illicit drugs, compared to 2.8 percent of those aged 26 or older.
The report concludes that although DUI rates have dropped in recent years, such behaviors remain a problem in the United States, as impaired driving, particularly among young drivers aged 16 to 25, continues to prevail. The study calls for media campaigns, service training, responsible alcohol sales, DUI checkpoints and substance abuse assessment and treatment to help reduce the rates of impaired driving.-Staho.com