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.


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

According to an 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. 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'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 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'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'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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