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Driving under the influence accounts for more arrests than murder, aggravated assault, and burglary combined. According to data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a total of 654,775 drunk driving arrests were made in 2017.

DUI Arrests by State

Based on the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the FBI, South Dakota had the highest drunk driving arrests with 938.8 per 100k people. North Dakota came in second with an arrest rate of 836.4 per 100k people and Wyoming lagged behind the top two with 561.5 DUI arrests per 100k people.

The lowest DUI arrest by state was Washington D.C, our nation’s capital. With a rate of 3.2 arrests per 100k people, Washington D.C. residents seem to understand the consequences of driving under the influence. Illinois came in second of the lowest DUI arrests with 18.4 per 100k people. The third lowest was Delaware with 36.1 arrests per 100k people. If you would like to learn more about DUI arrests by state or see where your own state ranks, you can visit this site to look up the number of arrests made in your state.

What Day of the Year has the Most DUI Arrests?

Curious what day of the year has the most DUI arrests? With more parties and days off work, more drinking and driving occurs over the holidays. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has been given the name “Blackout Wednesday” because of the tendency for people to binge drink, get behind the wheel, and get arrested. DUI arrests are the highest between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s weekend.

In particular, the days around Thanksgiving will have the highest number of DUI arrests. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Thanksgiving weekend is the most dangerous holiday to be on the road.

Another time of year that has a high number of DUI arrests is the Fourth of July weekend. For many people, alcohol is at the center of their celebration. According to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July 4th had the second-highest percentage of car crash deaths that were linked to alcohol, and July 3rd was also in the top 10.

Drunk Driving Arrests are a Big Problem

The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates 1,001,329 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2018. This works out to one arrest for about every 227 licensed drivers in the United States. That’s a big problem. When you choose to get behind the wheel intoxicated, you are not only putting yourself at risk, you are also putting innocent people at risk. There are numerous rideshare apps available to ensure you get home safely. Setting up a designated driver for the night is also a great option. Remember, it’s not worth the risk and the consequences that follow if you are arrested.

However, if you have been convicted of drunk driving and ordered to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, RoadGuard Interlock can help. Our goal is to help you regain your independence and get you back on the road safely. Our ignition interlock devices are specifically designed to keep you focused on driving safely without getting in the way. Find an install location today and let our experts guide you back on the road.


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