• Oct 4, 2010

Insurance.com
just put its pencils to paper for some serious number crunching. The topic is alcohol-related driving violations and the data compiled paints a sobering picture, especially if you live in Texas or California. The land of fruits and nuts (and sobriety checkpoints) manages to claim four of the top 10 spots, with San Diego and San Jose claiming the anti-gold and anti-silver medals. The Texan cities fall further down on the list but overall the big state accounts for five out of the top 20 listed.

We'll give you the top five right now. The rest of the top 20 can be peeped right after the jump.
  1. San Diego, CA
  2. San Jose, CA
  3. Charlotte, NC
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. Columbus, OH
Drunk driving is a foolish thing to do, regardless of where you live. It's clearly more foolish, however, if you live in one of the above-listed cities.

[Source: Insurance.com]

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Top 20 Major Metropolitan US Cities for Alcohol-Related Driving Violations

According to an Insurance.com survey of 20 major metropolitan cities in the United States, two California cities rank highest for drivers with alcohol-related driving violations. San Diego and San Jose snag the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

Insurance.com analyzed information reported by users seeking car insurance quotes over the last three years. While factors such as proximity to colleges or nightlife may play a role in a city's level of alcohol-related driving violations, stringent enforcement could play a key role in determining a city's rank among the list of 20.

What do Insurance.com's rankings mean for people visiting and living in these cities? Drinking and driving in one of these locations could come with a very high risk of getting caught. Individuals with alcohol-related driving histories face the prospect of increased car insurance rates and possibly jail time or other penalties.

Here are the rankings for 20 major metropolitan cities in the U.S. in terms of percentage of drivers reporting alcohol-related driving violations, according to Insurance.com data:

1. San Diego, CA
2. San Jose, CA
3. Charlotte, NC
4. Phoenix, AZ
5. Columbus, OH
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. Los Angeles, CA
8. San Francisco, CA
9. Austin, TX
10. Jacksonville, FL
11. San Antonio, TX
12. Dallas, TX
13. Houston, TX
14. Fort Worth, TX
15. Memphis, TN
16. Philadelphia, PA
17. New York, NY
18. Baltimore, MD
19. Chicago, IL
20. Detroit, MI

Insurance.com's article, The U.S. Cities with the Most Drunk Driving Offenders, offers analysis of the new rankings. The article explores possible reasons for the relative rankings of cities, including the possibility that increased enforcement strategies – such as sobriety checkpoints and mobile DUI units – contribute to higher incidence of drunk driving violations.

Methodology
Insurance.com's study analyzed the percentage of car insurance quote requests for which users reported alcohol-related driving violations. Only the top 20 U.S. cities, in terms of population, were ranked. Boston was excluded due to lack of data.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I live in San Diego and I can attest to that. The cops are everywhere, and it doesn't help me when I live right next to a DUI checkpoint.

      Designated drivers FTW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Francis: I live in Wisconsin, a heavy drinking state. We do not have DUI checkpoints - YET! I think they should be illegal. People would riot here if they enacted that procedure, but the state government has been mulling it over. Don't DUI checkpoints in San Diego cause traffic problems?

        In response to 'eliotsmeliot' the police do that here too. Instead of preventing an obvious drunk indivudual from even getting into his/her car, they wait around the corner or in an alley until the driver takes off and then they pull the driver over. That is pure bull-**** and can endanger other drivers. These set-ups are orchestrated purely for financial purposes - just like DUI checkpoints, only more severe. We are not living in Iran.

        I don't drink anymore but I do care about business and other people who choose to have one or two drinks and drive. MADD has driven this issue into chaos because they have a strong lobby with government officials.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well isnt that a good thing? I live in SD and im glad there are cops watching out for drunk drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gary,

        Usually by the time the cops have their checkpoints set up, the traffic has died down anyway(since it's late at night). But yeah, the cops are extra vigilant here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lesson here- Don't be in CA or TX on a Saturday night.
      • 4 Years Ago
      San Diego?? I was surprised at that, live in Santa Barbara and We have a good amount of Drunks on State Street but I am surprised at San Jose and San Diego.
      scjack33
      • 4 Years Ago
      This study is worthless! It is basically a list of the top (20) highest populated US cities in random order.

      The reason why California and Texas appear so much is because their cities have the highest populations in the US.

      Methodology
      Insurance.com's study analyzed the percentage of car insurance quote requests for which users reported alcohol-related driving violations. Only the top 20 U.S. cities, in terms of population, were ranked. Boston was excluded due to lack of data.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be curious to see how this list compares the population size without a considerable public transportation system. No cities in Texas really have a thorough public transportation system that runs late enough to be an option for "partiers".

      Not that this is an excuse but I bet individuals in major cities w/ a better public transportation system utilize this to their advantage when out drinking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        San Diego has no public transportation system whatsoever (aside from buses).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, drunk driving is a BAD thing to do, but police shouldn't be able to LIE UNDER OATH in order to obtain a conviction, as they did to me in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware years ago, before MADD convinced everyone that NO ONE should EVER have a drink, and that if they do, their lives should be RUINED by Draconian laws.
        tina
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh!boo hoo! It's okay if you ruin someone else's life with your childish reasoning and sour grapes. but God forbid you pay for your actions. Poor little picked on you! Grow a moral backbone.
      mt
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a few observations: First, the top 5-cities identified in the survey ae among the 20 most populated cities in the U.S. Second, the top 10 cities in the survey are also among the 20 most populated cities in the U.S. Third, ALL of the Texas cities (5) identified in the survey are among the 20 most populated cities in the U.S. Fourth, ALL of the California cities (4) listed in the survey are also included in the top 20 population list. In fact, all but one (Baltimore) are among the same population list. Baltimore misses by just one. The U.S. Census Bureau lists it as number 21. It stands to reason, then, that the most POPULATED cities in the U.S. will have the most drunk driving offenders... the cause of which may be due less to enforcement methods. Finally, it would be far more important to identify drunk driving RATES per 100 or 1000 population as opposed to shear numbers. Large ratio's in small towns or cities reveal a far more compelling statistic.
        scjack33
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mt
        The list only included the top 20 most populated cities. Note: they expanded it to 21 since they did not have enough data on Boston.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Excessive drinking can impair one's ability to tell lies.This is devastating to politicians,especially during election cycles.Just don't do it.
      Hello Me!
      • 4 Years Ago
      interesting, in city of barely 200 thou people, 3000 bars, 75%of which are open at least 20hrs a day, New Orleans didnt make the top 20.
        scjack33
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hello Me!
        The list only ranks the top 20 cities in terms of population. This explains why New Orleans did not make the list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sye1 - You make a very good point. If a man had sex with a 16-year-old girl, he is considered a stud. However, a female is publicly condemned and must serve 20 years in prison. I wish I lived in a time where we are all really equal. This world is in the state it's in because men have been ruling over everything since the beginning of humans. It's time they admitted defeat and stepped down to let females show them how to do it properly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad I made the decision long ago to LIVE DOWNTOWN IN A WALKING CITY. When I drive somewhere for a social event, I don't even have ONE drink, but at home, the worst that can happen is that I can't walk home, and must take a bus or taxi. Center City Philadelphia--the Goldilocks city.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you're caught DWI/DUI, you should get a mandatory 5 years!! I'm sick of the drunks killing people because they're too STUPID to not drink and drive!!
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