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Study: Maryland is among states with the fewest alcohol-impaired driving deaths

Maryland is among the 10 states with the fewest alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the country, according to a recent study.

The website SafeWise used 2016 data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. census to rank states by number of drunken driving deaths per 100,000 people. Maryland ranked 43rd with 2.59 deaths per 100,000.

Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentrations are 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher.

Montana ranked first in impaired driving deaths, with 9.15 per 100,000 people. New York state had the fewest, with 1.65 per 100,000.

According to the report’s authors, three of the five worst states for impaired driving fatalities don’t require ignition interlocks for drivers convicted of DUI.

Maryland made interlocks mandatory for everyone convicted of driving under the influence in 2016, after the bill was stymied for years by lawmakers who thought the requirement was burdensome on first-time offenders.

The report’s authors added that studies show a correlation between the use of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft and a decrease in impaired driving accidents.

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