New study: Utah high on the list of alcohol-related boating accidents

Jun 30, 2020, 4:00 PM | Updated: 6:33 pm
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Wahweap Marina, on the Arizona side of Lake Powell. Utah was #2 on the list of top states for alcohol-related boating accidents. Arizona was #6. Photo credit: Getty Images

SALT LAKE CITY — A study released by shows Utah is high on a list of alcohol-related boating accidents. 

The list, comprised of numbers from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division and Bureau of Transportation Statistics, ranks the Beehive state number 2, with 19.21 accidents on boats where alcohol was involved per 100,000 registered watercraft, where injury, death, or property damage occurred. 

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Utah was #2 on the list of states for alcohol boating accidents. Image credit:

Only Maryland had more, with 19.37 alcohol-related boating accidents.

As the July 4 holiday weekend approaches, the study using numbers from 2019 and released this month shows boating and alcohol accidents don’t seem to be restricted to any particular region, with activity spread pretty evenly across the country.  

1.   Maryland – 19.37 

2.   Utah – 19.21

3.   Washington – 16.35

4.   Alabama – 13.08

5.   Texas – 12.62

6.   Arizona – 11.36

7.   Missouri – 11.04

8.   Massachusetts – 10.57

9.   Illinois – 9.36

10. Florida – 9.08

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