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New York’s Worst Cities for Fatal DUIs

In 2017 (the most recent year for which we have complete information), there were 206 people killed in drunk driving accidents in the state of New York. Of course, the levels of danger in the various towns and villages throughout the state varied. So which cities can we consider the most dangerous?

Here’s a quick overview.

  • Southampton, 3.52 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents: The most dangerous municipality in New York was Southampton. From 2015 to 2017, it had six deaths caused by drivers who had a high BAC, which made it the deadliest per capita.
  • Babylon, 2.81 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents: Babylon is a “bedroom community” for New York City. It has seen a slight increase in DUI deaths since 2012, with 18 total fatalities from 2015 to 2017. Its larger number still accounts for less of a percentage than Southampton.
  • Schenectady, 2.52 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents: Schenetady was the worst city outside of Long Island for DUI deaths. It had a significant jump in incidents—a 400 percent increase over the 2015-2017 period compared to the previous three-year window.
  • Islip, 2.45 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents: Islip, another Long Island city, is located on the Robert Moses Causeway and the Montauk Highway, which means a lot of vacation travelers pass through the area. It had significantly more DUI death incidents than other nearby towns, including 50 percent more than its next door neighbor Brentwood.
  • Brookhaven, 2.4 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents: Rounding out the top five is Brookhaven, which had the highest total number of fatalities from 2015 to 2017: 35. Of course, it also has a march larger population than some of the entries on this list. It is located on the eastern end of Long Island.

As you can see, four of the five most dangerous cities in the state for DUIs are on Long Island. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP to learn more about the steps you can take to recover compensation.