Here’s the list nobody wants to be on. The same could be said for the vehicles involved as well. An insurance industry report says that statistically, drivers of Ram 2500 pickup trucks are more than twice as likely to be drunk drivers. And besides pickup truck drivers, premium or luxury vehicle owners are more likely to be cited for DUI.
Over 2.7 million insurance application data responses were tabulated by the insurance aggregator Insurify. The applications required drivers to disclose the vehicles they drive, and recent driving history within a certain time frame.
45.3 for every 1,000 Ram 2500 drivers received a DUI
On average 45.3 for every 1,000 Ram 2500 drivers had received a DUI. That equals one in 22 drivers which is more than double the national average. At the low end of above-average were GMC Sierra owners. They averaged 28 drivers per 1,000 applicants. The list included Chevy S-10, Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger, Chevy Silverado, and GMC Sierra. That list suggests this might be an older list since the S-10 and Dakota haven’t been made in years.
In the middle of the above-average list are plenty of premium vehicles. The BMW 4-Series and Audi A4 placed numbers three and four behind the Ram 2500 and S-10. The BMW 7-Series was also fairly high on that list.
WRX owners there’s a big bulls-eye on the back of your Subarus
Sixth on the list was the Subaru WRX. Insurify says that while it looks to be out of place it actually aligns with other data it has compiled. The WRX is driven by more speeders as well as being third-most likely to be in an accident. So all of you WRX owners, there’s a big bulls-eye on the back of your Subarus.
At the other end of the spectrum are the drivers owning vehicles that fall into the least likely to be under the influence of alcohol category. The Toyota RAV4 is at the bottom of this list. It is followed by the Hyundai Santa Fe, and then Toyota Sienna. We would expect most minivans to be somewhere at the bottom.
As the Drive points out the report does raise some questions. First, do all Ram 2500 owners automatically have higher premiums because of this information? Or does this only apply to those specifically with a DUI?
Was the DUI with the current or a previous vehicle?
The second question is does this mean the DUI drivers were actually driving the vehicles they received the DUI in or was the DUI from a previous period and it just so happens they currently own a Ram 2500? You can see where the difference lies. The other thing this report doesn’t ask is if any of these respondents received the DUI with the vehicle they primarily drive now?
It is interesting to note that about one-third of DUI offenders become repeat offenders. This is an average for all 50 states according to the NHTSA. Iowa has the lowest percentage with 21% while in New Mexico it is almost 50% become repeat offenders.