Florida Sees Dramatic Drop in Drunk and Drugged Driving
Between 2006 and 2009 only 10.9 percent of Floridians age 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol. That puts Florida near the bottom of all states for the percentage of citizens who drove drunk. Utah has the lowest rate at 7.4 percent, while Wisconsin had the highest rate with an astounding 23.7 percent.
Florida's numbers are down from the levels reached between 2002 and 2005, when 13.7 percent of residents drove drunk. Considering the state's large population, the 2.8 percent drop was singled out in the report as one of the most significant drops in the nation. The national percentage of people driving drunk is also down, but Florida was one of only 12 individual states that saw a reduction.
Florida also saw a decline in people driving under the influence of drugs. Only 4.2 percent did son between 2006 and 2009, compared to 4.9 percent between 2002 and 2005. That rate also puts Florida in the bottom two fifths of all states.