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Bad driving and drunk driving in Louisiana

St. Patrick’s Day is a time of revelry for the Irish and non-Irish throughout the United States. Louisiana residents will join 56.1 percent of the nation’s population for one day of celebration that represents one of the most popular days for imbibing. That includes 33 million Irish-Americans and those who identify as residents of the Emerald Isle, according to WalletHub.

For some, the party is over when they travel home while being drunk behind the wheel. Some find themselves arrested for drunk driving while others cause serious accidents that lead to injury or death. A majority of those incidents will involve drivers consuming two times the legal limit.

In the days leading up to this year’s annual donning o’ the green that honors the country’s patron saint, Louisiana, a state known for its own festive culture beyond one day, received more bad news about drunk driving that occurs within its borders.

According to a December 2016 report from carinsurancecomparison.com, the Pelican State is in the top two of having the worst drivers in America. A week before St. Patrick’s Day revealed a new study that showed that those bad Louisiana drivers also earned the state an unlucky 13th ranking among the worst states for drunk driving.

A 2015 study by BackgroundChecks.org revealed Louisiana had 5,300 DUI arrests for that year, a number that many feel represent stepped-up enforcement of the law. Drunk driving fatalities were at 245 drunk driving fatalities in the state actually, a reduction of eight percent.

Data collected for the past year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is already showing an increase of drunk driving incidents in the state.

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