According to a December 2018 study by the website SafeWise, Maryland ranks #33 among all states when it comes to the number of alcohol-related driving deaths. The study used data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and updates the study based on new data. The study determined the number of drunken driving deaths per 100,000 people. Maryland ranked 33rdwith 3.07 alcohol-related driving deaths per 100,000 people. Wyoming was the worst state with 7.60, and New Jersey had the fewest alcohol-related driving deaths with 1.39.
Among the states with the highest alcohol-related driving death rates, the average minimum fine for a DUI conviction was $300, compared to $524 with the lowest number of deaths. The majority of US states, including Maryland, require mandatory alcohol abuse assessment or treatment after a DUI conviction. Four of the five most dangerous states did not have this requirement. Most of the worst states also did not have a minimum jail time requirement for first-time DUI offenders. Maryland does not have a minimum jail time requirement as well.
In addition, three of the five worst states don’t require ignition interlock programs for those convicted of drunk driving. Maryland made ignition interlocks mandatory in 2016 for those convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). A person can be convicted of a DUI in Maryland if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher.
Maryland has risen 10 places in the number of alcohol-related driving deaths. In an earlier study, Maryland ranked 43rdwith 2.59 alcohol-related driving deaths per 100,000 people. Montana had previously had the highest rate of alcohol-related driving deaths with 9.15 per 100,000 people but dropped to number 27 with 5.33 deaths. In the prior study, New York had the fewest deaths with 1.65 per 100,000 people. Wyoming, the new worst state for alcohol-related driving deaths, climbed from 8thplace to first.
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