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How are Texas and New Mexico doing in preventing DUIs?

DUI Checkpoint

December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month. So how do Texas and New Mexico rank when it comes to dealing with the problem of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

Unfortunately, both states rank worse than average.

Using 2015 and 2016 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the website, Backgroundchecks.org, ranked New Mexico as the state with the nation's seventh worst DUI problem, while Texas ranked 12th.

The study looked at deaths directly attributable to DUIs, drunken driving arrests per 100,000 people, and then drivers' own reports of drinking too much before getting behind the wheel.

But DUI deaths did decrease in New Mexico last year by more than 16 percent, and in Texas they declined 8.5 percent.

Meanwhile, I found another online survey that ranks states when it comes to having the worst drivers overall.

In this study, Texas and New Mexico tied for fifth for having the worst drivers.

The survey from Smartasset.com looked at the percentage of drivers without insurance, the number of DUIs per driver, the average number of deaths per miles driven, and how often drivers in each state Google terms like "traffic ticket" or "speeding ticket."

The state that topped the list for worst drivers was Mississippi, while Massachussetts had the best drivers.

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