Wyoming Ranked 3rd Worst in Nation for DUI Arrests & Deaths
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 20, 2022
Wyoming has one of the highest rates of drunk drivers in the country, based on the number of arrests and roadway deaths involving alcohol impairment behind the wheel.
The website Zutobi has compiled a list ranking all 50 states by their number of drunk driving incidents. The information was compiled by looking at D.U.I. arrests road fatalities per 100,000 drivers, then comparing the ratio of D.U.I. fatalities to all other road fatalities.
All this information created a D.U.I. severity score for each state. The scale ranges from 1 to 100, with higher numbers meaning worse scores.
Based on this information, Wyoming has a D.U.I. Severity Score of 78.8 – the third-highest (and third-worst) in the United States.
In 2020 – the most recent year with accessible data – Wyoming had 642.3 drunk driving arrests per 100,000 residents. 35% of Wyoming’s road fatalities involved drunk driving in some way.
That same year, Wyoming roadway fatalities increased 22.2% for a total of 44 deaths.
Unfortunately, Wyoming is in bad company. Montana takes the top spot with a D.U.I. Severity Score of 84.1. South Dakota comes in second (80.4) and North Dakota in fourth (74.8)
Zutobi reports an increase in drunk driving all over the U.S. in 2020. The rise of D.U.I. correlates with overall alcoholic consumption also increased that year – likely due to the pandemic.