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Study: Louisiana is 13th worst in DUIs

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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

Last December, Louisiana was ranked, along with Texas, as the worst drivers in America, study, according to www.carinsurancecomparison.com.

Now, even more poor rankings for Louisiana were released on Thursday. A report from background checks.org researched state's with the best and worst DUI rankings. Louisiana ranks no. 13 on the worst list, just one below 12th-ranked Texas, 

Tommy Curtis, owner of Curtis Insurance in Lake Charles, was not phased when he heard the news.

"Well, I wasn't real surprised about that. We have a very festive culture here. People are always going to have a good time. Alcohol always plays a part in that. You just don't want it to play a big part in that. Right now, a big part is .08, blood level alcohol," he said.

There were 5,300 DUI arrests in Louisiana in 2015, according to the study. Cmdr. James McGee with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said there is a silver lining to the state's ranking.

"If we rank that high in the country as far as arrests, it means that we're making a dent," said McGee. "We have a lot of effort in law enforcement, but also it's alarming that if we're making that many arrests, then you have that many impaired drivers on the road. You also have to look at alcohol-related fatalities."

The study also noted there were 245 DUI fatalities, which was down 8 percent in 2015 - something McGee said shouldn't only be attributed to law enforcement.

"I think it is a testament to everybody," said McGee. "I think it's a testament to all the programs - the education, the enforcement, and especially in this area. We had a lot more cars on the road too."

To see the full study, click HERE.

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