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Don’t Drink And Drive, Especially If You Live In These Twenty Cities

Posted in driving, General, Legal, Police, Safety by Kurt Ernst | September 28th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Drinking and driving is never a good idea, so let’s just get that out on the table right now. Ditto for driving high or otherwise impaired, even on prescription meds; in fact, anything that compromises your reaction time should be off limits if you’re climbing behind the wheel. That said, Insurance.com has ranked the U.S. cities with the most drunk driving offenders. Their methodology won’t produce entirely accurate results, since they’re relying on data accumulated from drivers requesting insurance quotes through them. Still, I’ve never seen a report on DUI tabulated from actual arrests by municipalities, so this is as good as it gets.

Why do the cities listed have higher instances of drunk driving than others? Insurance.com speculates that there are three primary reasons:

• A larger population of drinkers and partiers
• Underdeveloped public transportation
• Heavier enforcement of DUI laws compared to other cities

I tend to agree with the third point more than the first two, since I’ve never known anyone who thinks, “I’ll take the bus to the bar tonight, which will ensure that I get home safe and sleep alone.” If your city has a large, well funded police force and zero tolerance for DUIs, expect to get stopped more often than in a city with an under-funded and overworked police force. It’s probably not a coincidence that New Orleans didn’t make the list.

If you live in one of the twenty cities on the list below, it may be a good idea to make friends with someone who likes driving and doesn’t drink. If you can’t find a buddy who meets that criteria, then it may be time to put a cab company on your speed dial list. Even a fifty dollar cab ride is a whole lot cheaper than a DUI, and you won’t risk killing yourself and others in the back of a cab.

1. San Diego, CA
2. San Jose, CA
3. Charlotte, NC
4. Phoenix, AZ
5. Columbus, OH
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. Los Angeles, CA
8. San Francisco, CA
9. Austin, TX
10. Jacksonville, FL
11. San Antonio, TX
12. Dallas, TX
13. Houston, TX
14. Fort Worth, TX
15. Memphis, TN
16. Philadelphia, PA
17. New York, NY
18. Baltimore, MD
19. Chicago, IL
20. Detroit, MI

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2 Responses

  1. Set says:

    Yes! My state has the most out of any state in the top 10! Though, Texas has more in the top 20.

  2. Kurt says:

    Set, I live in #10 – at least we’re good for something down here.