Some 34 percent of Hawaii’s traffic fatalities in 2014 involved drunk driving, according to new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The figure was higher than the national average of 31 percent, but well-below the worst-offenders: Massachusetts and Texas both topped the nation, with 41 percent of traffic fatalities involving drunk driving.
The Hawaii data showed that 32 of 95 traffic fatalities in 2014 involved drunk driving. In 2013, 33 percent of Hawaii’s 102 traffic fatalities involved drunk driving.
The NHTSA report comes on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey that showed Hawaii drivers are the likeliest of those in any state to drive drunk.
According to the survey, there are 995 drunk driving episodes for every 1,000 Hawaii residents -- that means almost one episode for every person in the state. (Of course, that doesn't mean everyone in Hawaii is driving drunk.)