Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Since Labor Day is just a few short days away, you’ve probably seen a slew of TV ads warning you not to drink and drive this Labor Day weekend. That’s because, traditionally, the days before and days after a major holiday, doesn’t matter which, the rates of drunken driving and fatal DUI accidents increase. We thought we’d explore which states have the highest rates of drunken driving so you know which ones to avoid. Or, at least take extra precaution when traveling to, or through.

To avoid drunk drivers, you need to know who is most likely to drink and drive. According to 2010 data from the CDC, men between the ages of 21 and 34 gave the highest rate of drinking and driving, accounting for 32 percent all of drunken driving episodes. Of course, teens, women and men over 34 drink and drive too so, on second thought, just keep your distance from everybody.

The CDC also looked at drunken driving in each state, by surveying drivers in 38 states, they compiled a list of 18 states Following are the top ten:

10. Iowa: 620 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents.

9. Alabama: 621 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents.

8. South Dakota: 632 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents.

7. Michigan: 689 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents.

6. Missouri: 701 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents.

5. Louisiana: 728 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents.

4. Nebraska: 832 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents.

3. Massachusetts:  835 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents.

2. Delaware: 843 incidents of drunken driving per 1,000 residents

And finally the number ONE state for drunken driving based on driver admissions is:

1. North Dakota which has dramatically higher rate than any other state with 988 drunken driving incidents per 1,000 residents.

Most people who drink and drive underestimate their level of intoxication. The alcohol gives them a false sense of security and confidence, but it also affects their Most people will be over the legal limit for driving– .08 in most states—and not even realize they are too drunk to drive. They may not realize their reaction times have slowed, or their vision is a little blurry.

Drivinglaws.org has a wonderful infographic on how many drinks you have to consume to be over the legal limit.

If you are like many people facing drunken driving charges you may not have even realize your or over the legal limit. We can’t make the soundest of decisions when are drunk, that’s why you have the opportunity to retain a DUI attorney and present argue your innocence. Or argue why you deserve to have your charges reduced.

Don’t try to tackle your DUI charges alone, there’s too much at stake. A DUI conviction can result in jail, loss of your driver’s license and a host of other consequences including costly fines. It’s worth the money to retain an outstanding DUI attorney to work on your defense and stand by you from the beginning to end.