In the bid for most deadly state when it comes to DUIs, North Dakota dropped from third place to 16th in just one year. Sources say New Years Eve was a boring night for our local law enforcement, they only pulled over one person, and that was for a headlight being out. Our closest neighbors did not fair so well in this dangerous race.
Unfortunately, Montana, the Treasure State is now the deadliest state when it comes to deaths tied to driving under the influence (DUI).
Sadly, it is not even close
In 2018, Montana was number six on the list of the deadliest states, with neighboring Wyoming topping the list.
Montana leapfrogged over the Equality State with the 2019 statistics that showed the Treasure State had an impaired driving death rate of 7.44 per 100,000 people. Wyoming was second with 5.54 deaths per 100,000 involving blood alcohol levels above the .08 limit.
South Carolina, Mississippi and New Mexico rounded out the top five spots in the 2019 listing.
Neighboring South Dakota was sixth on the list (5.10 deaths per 100,000), jumping into the top 10 after being number 14 on the 2018 list.
The rest of the 10 most deadly states in 2019 are Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
The biggest drop was Kentucky, falling 17 spots to be number 30 on the 2019 listing. Rhode Island dropped from number 30 on the list in 2018 to become one of the safest states in the country (46).
New Hampshire had the largest jump in the DUI death statistics, jumping 25 states from 46 in the 2018 statistics to number 21 in 2019.
The information was released by the company Safewise, using state statistics involving deaths involving blood alcohol levels above the legal limit and compared to the state's population.
The safest places are the District of Columbia (51st), New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Utah, Maryland, Washington, Vermont, Illinois and Hawaii.