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California and national drunk driving data

The state of California ranks right in the middle on a list of all the states' drunk driving rates. A study of information maintained by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that California was 25th in the country when it came to the rate of drunk driving during the year 2018, indicating 322.7 drunk driving arrests per 100,000 residents.

The state saw a drop in DUI rates of 19.5% from 2014 to 2018 and a drop of 43.2% from 2009 to 2018. The study found that only three states saw their drunk driving arrest rates increase from 2009 to 2018. According to the CDC, U.S. drivers engage in drunk driving nearly 130 million times annually. According to U.S. Drug Test Centers, women are significantly less likely than men to face drunk driving charges as men accounted for almost 75% of drunk driving arrests during 2018.

The states with the highest rates of drunk driving arrests for 2018 were South Dakota at 721.9 per 100,000, North Dakota at 678.4 per 100,000, Wyoming at 676.1 per 100,000, North Carolina at 518.8 per 100,000 and Mississippi at 462.2 per 100,000. The states with the lowest rates of drunk driving arrests for 2018 were Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Illinois and Delaware. Delaware had the lowest rate of all 50 states at 44.3 drunk driving arrests per 100,000 residents.

In cases where people are charged with drunk driving in California, an attorney may be able to help. An attorney who has experience in DUI defense might help by examining the prosecution's case and looking for weaknesses or by attempting to negotiate a plea bargain. An attorney may be able to argue against the admissibility of certain prosecution evidence or cross-examine prosecution witnesses, like law enforcement officers, during official court proceedings.

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