At 52%, Hawaii has the highest percent of alcohol-related fatalities in the United States.
Rhode Island has the second highest with 51%.
South Carolina and Wisconsin have 50%.
Texas, Louisiana, and D.C. have 48%.
Why are these numbers so high?
Well, today, alcohol is easily accessible to people, of all ages and backgrounds. Those charged with a DUI or any other alcohol-related offense along with teens are still easily able obtain alcohol and, in most cases, misuse it.
When under the influence of alcohol, the mind is unable to make rash decisions which is mostly why so many people unconsciously choose to drink and drive.
To decrease the high rate of drunk driving and alcohol-related fatalities, “zero tolerance” laws that make it illegal for people under 21 to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system, sobriety checkpoint that “allow police to briefly stop vehicles at specific locations to see if the driver is impaired,” ignition interlocks installed in cars that “measure alcohol on the driver’s breath,” multi-component interventions that “combine several programs or policies to prevent drunk driving,” mass media campaigns that “spread messages about the physical dangers and legal consequences of drunk driving,” suspension laws that “allow police to take away the license of a driver who tests at or above the legal BAC limit or who refuses testing,” alcohol screening and brief interventions that “identify people at risk for alcohol problems to get them treatment as needed,” and, lastly, school-based instructional programs that “teach teens not to ride with drunk drivers or drink alcohol.”