DUI data

As promised, we’ve done a deep dive in the DUI data.

Our opponents claim that the availability of more alcohol has to increase the number of DUI arrests. It just has to.

We’ll show you that dog don’t hunt.


Again, we gathered data from FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports from 2005 to 2008 and compared per capita arrests in states that allow wine sales versus those prohibit it. Here’s the data for all ages:

2005 2006 2007 2008
States allowing wine sales 485.49 517.30 503.83 503.50
States prohibiting wine sales 518.25 502.07 518.35 535.66
Tennessee 479.86 477.58 560.57 531.97

The number of per capita DUI arrests are fewer every year in states that allow wine sales in food stores. In 2008, Tennessee ranked 31st in DUI arrests. Twenty-one states allowing wine in retail food stores had better averages.

2006 was Tennessee’s best year of the four surveyed with 447.58 arrests per capita. Even that year, 14 states with sales in food stores ranked better.


The same holds true for DUI arrests of people under age 18. Here’s the data:

2005 2006 2007 2008
States allowing wine sales 7.06 8.05 7.29 6.21
States prohibiting wine sales 8.41 8.08 7.56 7.00
Tennessee 3.64 4.08 4.00 4.12

Tennessee ranks favorably compared to national statistics. Fifteen states that allow wine sales in food stores still had better arrest rankings in 2008.

Interestingly, six of the 10 worst states for teenager DUI arrests prohibit wines sales in retail food stores. Only four states prohibiting sales are in the top 10.


Absolutely nothing. We knew this information to be true when we started the campaign several years ago. And, it has remained true to this day.

What we hope at least is that the facts will earn an equal place at the table with conjecture.


3 Responses to “DUI data”

  1. Cool Springs Says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing the info. We’re all looking forward to buying wine at Publix, hopefully sooner than later!


    Lobbist should not control you gets to sell, promote fair competion. Thanks

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