Connecticut has the seventh-highest rate of alcohol involvement in car-crash fatalities when compared with other states over a nine-year period.
In 2013, some 41 percent of fatalities in Connecticut crashes involved an intoxicated driver (with a blood-alcohol content at or above 0.08 grams per deciliter), according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s annual State Transportation Statistics report, released in November.
Percentage of crash deaths involving high blood alcohol level
In 2013, Connecticut car crashes resulted in 276 fatalities; 114 of them involved a high blood-alcohol content.
The data for 2013 are the most recent available in the 2015 federal report. Trend CT looked at reports going back to 2005.
From 2005 to 2013, 2,395 people died in car crashes, and 914 of those fatalities involved high blood-alcohol content. The percentage of fatalities involving high alcohol content ranged from 33% to 43%, and averaged 38% over that period.
Nationwide, 329,887 people died in car crashes, and 105,694 of those fatalities resulted from crashes involving alcohol. The average rate of alcohol involvement over that period was 32%.
North Dakota has the worst record, with high blood-alcohol content being involved in 42% of crash fatalities.
Utah, where alcohol is highly regulated and the alcohol content of beverages is limited, consistently had the lowest rates of high alcohol involvement in crash fatalities.
|District of Columbia||278||95||34.2|
|United States, total||329887||105694||32.0|