A national group has ranked Delaware as the fifth worst state for alcohol- or drug-related traffic fatalities. The group End Needless Death on Our Roadways reports that 66 of 134, or 49.25 percent, of Delaware’s traffic deaths in 2005 were alcohol- or drug-related, reports the Delaware State News.
Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of deaths from accidents involving impaired drivers, with 54.17, followed by Hawaii, Rhode Island and Montana. The final 10 states on the list were Alaska, North Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, Texas, Connecticut, South Dakota, Illinois, South Carolina and Arizona. The worst days for impaired fatalities were Labor Day and July 4, the study said. But more people die during the Christmas holidays because they stretch from Thanksgiving to New Years Day and are often a time when people attend parties where alcohol is served.