The Blues State had the fourth highest rate of both DUI arrests and drunken driving deaths in the nation, according to CarInsurance.com's analysis of FBI data for 2014. Mississippi recorded 60.1 DUI arrests for every 10,000 residents, and 5.9 drunken driving fatalities for every 100,000.
It's not a new trend. There were 6.1 drunken driving deaths for every 100,000 people in 2013, and 7 per 100,000 in 2012, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. And even those figures represented a 30 percent drop over the previous decade.
In 2014, Mississippi passed a law requiring first-time offenders to install an ignition interlock device for at least 90 days. Those convicted of a repeat DUI must use the device for at least one year. Yearly car insurance rates for drivers in Mississippi cited for DUI increase, on average, by 57 percent.