Every day in the United States drunk driving claims nearly 30 lives. Even with drunk driving fatalities decreasing by a third over the last three decades, too many lives are lost to drunk driving. Cost data from the NHTSA shows deaths and damages caused by drunk driving to be over $40 billion annually.

Drunk driving penalties are extremely costly in legal fees and can drive car insurance costs up exponentially. Insurance companies take close consideration of these figures when determining risk factors among drivers you share the road with. You might have a clean driving record, but those around you with a high rate of DUI’s could impact your car insurance rates. QuoteWizard analyzed over a million data points to see which cities had the highest rate of drivers with a DUI.

Below are the top 25 cities with the highest rate of drivers with a DUI:

Rank City
1 Greensboro
2 Boston
3 Columbus
4 Columbia SC
5 Boise
6 Denver
7 San Diego
8 Richmond
9 Charlotte
10 Virginia Beach
11 Dayton
12 Portland
13 Minneapolis
14 Sacramento
15 Salt Lake City
16 Bay Area
17 Seattle
18 Lexington
19 Omaha
20 Memphis
21 Riverside
22 Bakersfield
23 Philadelphia
24 Los Angeles
25 Fresno


How much does a DUI Impact Car Insurance Rates?

Insurance companies deem drunk driving offenses to be among the riskiest when it comes to driving behaviors. If your insurance company doesn’t completely drop your policy after a DUI, then you can expect steep increases in your rates.

We conducted a study on the costs of a DUI and found on average you’ll see an $830 a year increase on your car insurance. Rates will increase for at least 3 years, so at minimum you’re going to spend an additional $2,500 more on car insurance.

Factor in legal fees and fines, you’ll be looking at a minimum of $7,000 in total costs of a DUI. Again, insurance companies are evaluating risk of not only you, but those drivers around you. If you live in a city with a high rate of drunk drivers, their risky behaviors can be reflected on your insurance bill.


How did we identify the country’s drunkest driving cites? QuoteWizard analyzed self-reported data from our users on driving infractions, which includes DUIs. These rankings are based on over one million data points on drunk driving infractions from 2017. Cities ranked ‘drunkest driving’ have the highest rate of DUIs per driver.

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