New Jersey saw 163 fatalities on the road in 2014 that were caused by drivers under the influence. That works out to 29 percent of the 556 fatalities on New Jersey roads altogether.
New Jersey’s number of alcohol-related deaths was slightly lower than the rate nationally but not by much; there were 9,967 alcohol-related deaths on U.S. roads last year for a rate of 31 percent. The lowest rate for a state, which was not named by the Traffic Highway Safety Administration, was 20 percent.
The number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities has stayed relatively flat in the past five years, ranging from 27 percent to 31 percent.