Researchers at Project Know have recently published a study ranking every state in the U.S. according to the number of DUI arrests made in that state in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available).
Based on data from the FBI, the findings were that Colorado ranked third for making the most drunk driving arrests in the nation in 2013, putting it just behind North Dakota and South Dakota, which respectively ranked first and second.
Although Project Know conducted this study to try to better allocate its addiction/alcoholism treatment resources, its findings may have some broader impacts, particularly when it comes to future DUI prevention and enforcement efforts.
More on the Findings…
According to researchers, in 2013, there 63 DUI arrests made in Colorado for every 10,000 licensed drivers in the state. While these numbers do shed some light on the extent of impaired driving and enforcement efforts in the state, critics of this study have been quick to point out that the study:
- Did not include data associated with fatal DUI accidents for which no arrests were made (because, for instance, the impaired driver was among those killed in the accident)
- Did not differentiate between drunk versus drugged drivers, which is an increasingly important distinction in the state given the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Study’s Limitations Don’t Take Away from Ongoing Need for DUI Enforcement
Although there were some clear limitations to this study, the bottom line is that DUI enforcement efforts are important and that some states may need to step up their efforts to better protect law-abiding motorists on the road.
In fact, as officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have pointed out:
- If no one with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater drove, at least 7,000 lives could be saved in the U.S. each year.
- The perception, judgement and other impairments caused by alcohol can start affecting drivers with BACs as low as 0.02.
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