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2.4 percent of drivers admit to drinking and driving

When drivers across the country were asked if they would ever drive after having too much to drink, many admitted they'd done so in just the past month. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helps show the scope of the problem and the risk to other drivers.

In Rhode Island specifically, a full 2.4 percent of drivers admitted to this behavior. The study split responses into four categories, and Rhode Island was in the third-highest category with that ranking.

Other states with similar reported levels included Texas (2.1), Florida (2.1), Louisiana (2.5) and Massachusetts (2.2).

States that came in lower included New Mexico (1.2), Utah (0.7), Tennessee (1.1) and West Virginia (0.7).

States that came in higher included North Dakota (3.3), Iowa (3.1), Wisconsin (3.1) and Delaware (2.7). The highest states in the country were Nebraska and Montana, at 3.4.

Now, there are a few things to note about this study. For one thing, it does look at a relatively short time frame, considering just 30 days. The numbers may be higher if it looked at the last year.

Another important thing to note is that this is self-reporting. It is theoretically possible that some drivers lied, not wanting to admit that they'd been driving while drunk. They may also not have realized they'd had too much to drink and reported that they'd done nothing wrong when they were really over the limit.

Regardless, it's clear that drunk drivers are a risk to others on the road. If you've been hit and suffered a serious injury in the crash, be sure you know your legal options to seek compensation.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts," accessed Dec. 20, 2017

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