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Drunk driving death rate is lower in Maryland than in the nation

People who live in Maryland have one advantage that some other states don't have — when they get on the roads, they are less likely to be killed in a drunk driving accident. The death rate for drunk driving accidents is lower in Maryland than the nation as a whole across both genders and all age groups except one. Overall, the death rate for all ages is 2.7 out of 100,000 people in Maryland and 3.3 people per 100,000 nationally.

The only group in Maryland with a higher death rate in collisions with drunken drivers than those elsewhere in the United States is those 20 years old and younger. The national death rate is 1.3 individuals per 100,000, and for that population in Maryland, the death rate is 1.6 people for every 100,000.

The age group that is associated with the highest death rate due to alcohol-related accidents, both nationally and in this state, is those 21 to 24 years old. The death rate for that age group is 6.7 people nationally and 5.8 for Maryland for every 100,000 persons. Those 35 and older have a lower death rate in Maryland of 2.2 people, when nationally 3.1 people die in accidents involving drinking drivers.

For the purpose of these death rates, the fatal accidents that counted were those that involved a driver who had a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher. Family members who are left behind after these tragedies might decide to take legal action as a way to force at-fault drivers to assume responsibility for their loved one's death.

Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Maryland," accessed Aug. 11, 2016

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