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How often are people arrested for drunk driving?

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2020 | DUI |

Looking at DUI statistics across the country, with the goal of comparing arrests rates from state to state, means going beyond the pure statistics. If you just looked at the total arrests, states with larger populations would always lead the way. California and New York would always be at the top of the list. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. 

To really compare them, what you need to do is to look at the number of arrests in each state for every 100,000 people living there. This gives you an arrest rate. You can then compare states like California with places like Oklahoma and find out where the rate is higher — and where arrests are more common. 

When you do this, what you find is that there are 244.2 arrests per 100,000 people in Oklahoma. This rate is right in the middle of the pack. You have plenty of states with higher rates, like Wyoming (561.5) and Maine (436.8). But you also have states with far lower rates, such as Delaware (36.1) and Nebraska (40.9). 

Where does Oklahoma rank compared to some of those larger states with higher populations? It is higher than in New York (136.7) and lower than in California (311). Maryland is pretty similar at 237.7, as is Michigan at 266.6. 

Have you been arrested on DUI charges in Oklahoma? You may be facing jail time, a license suspension and fines. You may also be worried about your career. For all of these reasons and more, you need to know what legal options you have.