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San Francisco sobriety, Milwaukee not so much


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11/17/2008
Anders Johnson
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A National Survey on Drug Use and Health did a report on drunk driving in the U.S., and found that the highest number of offenders lived in the Upper Midwest.  The report s based on a scientific random sample of 127,283 adults in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Nationally, fifteen percent of adults admit driving under the influence of alcohol in the previous year.  In Wisconsin, the percentage is 26.4 percent, and Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota follow close behind.  The South and Utah have the lowest percentage, 11 percent and under. 

Possible reasons for the disparity include religion, as well as a heavy emphasis on drinking in social activities.  The report indicated that states need to review their approach to alcohol and driving, even Utah, where 10 perent of the adults in the survey admit to driving under the influence.

A side note:  California was below the average, but not by much, in a range of between 13 and 15 percent.  The National Report indicated that their report supports other previous studies showing a heavier than average drunk driving rate in the Upper Midwest.



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