Vermont DUI Statistics

Vermont DUI Statistics provide insight into Vermont DUI arrests and prosecutions.


  • Vermont DUI Statistics follow the national trends; nearly 8 in 10 (77.9%) operators taken into custody for driving under the influence are male, and 70 percent of those are first-time offenders
  • In Vermont, 212 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver between 2003 and 2012
  • The rate of Deaths by Age (per 100,000 population) between 2003 and 2012 was 3.4 in Vermont and 3.3 nationally
  • In Vermont, the percentage of adults who report driving after drinking too much (in the past 30 days) was 1.8% opposed to the National rate of 1.9%
  • In Vermont, there was 84 death due to Impaired Driving over the last five years. (2011-2015)
  • In 2016, over 2500 of people were processed for DUI in Vermont. The break down of those processed is below:

Breath Tests      Total       Male           Female
Test Given          2030       1478          552
Refusals               507          375             132
Total Cases        2537       1853          684

DUI arrests occur most frequently on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Day of week          Total           % of Arrests
Monday                   216            8.6%
Tuesday                   209            8.3%
Wednesday           266            10.6%
Thursday                254            10.1%
Friday                       392            15.6%
Saturday                 609            24.2%
Sunday                     569            22.6%

Total Vermont DUI Arrests in 2016 were 2,515.

  • 73.0% of Individuals processed for DUI in 2016 were males
  • Of the males arrested, 48.5% are between the ages of 25 and 44.
  • Those arrested who were at or above 0.16 BAC, twice the legal limit
    • 24.7% of those arrested and brought to a DMT blew a 0.16 or greater (this is out of all arrests, including refusals)


  • Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes
  • 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license
  • The rate of deaths by gender (per 100,000 population), 2012, was 5.2 for males and 1.5 for females
  • DUI arrests occur most frequently on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Males age 20-29 are most likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash

DUI arrests by age group Nationally…

Most Dangerous Holidays 

During the holidays, the number of travelers on our nation’s roads peaks as friends and family gather to celebrate. As a result of holiday parties and gatherings, more drivers are impaired by alcohol, too. Unfortunately, fatalities resulting from accidents crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers have become so predictable that many state highway patrol agencies around the country now issue fatality estimates, which usually prove to be all too accurate.

The “100 Deadliest Days” of summer, traffic fatalities over all the major summer holidays reported by statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Memorial Day led with an average of 312 fatal accidents per year over the period 2011 to 2015. The other big summer holidays were not far behind, Labor Day averaged 308 fatalities and the Fourth of July, 307. Teens accounted for nearly 10% of the fatalities.

Data Sources – NHTSA / CBS News

The most traveled holiday period of the year is Thanksgiving weekend, and DUI arrests are at their highest between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s weekend. Thanksgiving Eve is even referred to as “Black Wednesday,” as it may be the busiest night of the year for bars. Social binge drinking (consumption of a high volume of alcohol in a short period of time) is also common at this time of year.


This data is excerpted from the Vermont State Highway Behavioral Unit.

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