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Study ranks Wisconsin in top 10 for most DUI arrests

Posted at 5:07 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 18:09:47-04

A new study shows Wisconsin is in the top 10 states with the most DUI's in America.

A new study by shows Wisconsin has the 9th most DUI's in America with 406.2 arrests per 100,000 people. This is well above the national average, which sits at 309.8 arrests per 100,000 people.

The study used the most recent data available from the FBI and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through 2017. It showed that only two states, Delaware and North Dakota, have seen an increase in DUI's. But, according to the study, "drunk driving kills more people than murder, rape, aggravated assault and burglary combined and still accounts for one-third of all traffic accidents."

The state with the most DUI's is South Dakota with 938.75 arrests per 100,000 people.

DUI's in Wisconsin have decreased by 44.5% since 2007; however, 31% of traffic fatalities in Wisconsin include a drunk driver.

This study showed that nationwide, rural counties have the most DUI's with 585.6 arrests per 100,000 people. Urban counties come in second with suburbs following close behind.