In a recent study from the Sutliff and Scott Injury and Accident Law Firm, researchers found that Odessa and Midland have the highest percentage of DWI related fatalities in the state. 

The study looks at DWI related fatalities over the last five years in cities with more than 50,000 people. 

In this particular study, researchers estimated the population in Odessa to be around 115,000 and 130,000 in Midland. 

“Given their size, it is obvious that Texas’s largest cities like Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin experience the most total drunk driving crashes and deaths. However, when you look at the numbers on a per capita basis, the results are surprising,” the study reads. 

The complete methodology for the study includes:

  • Using TxDOT’s Crash Query Tool we obtained city-level Texas crash data for all Alcohol Involved Crashes (ie. drunk driving crashes) over five years, from 2013 to 2017.
  • We narrowed the list of cities down to only those with a population of over 50,000 people as of 2015 (64 cities).
  • We calculated the average number of drunk driving fatalities per year, per city over the five year span.
  • To determine the number of drunk driving fatalities per year, per 100k people we used the following formula:
    Average annual drunk driving fatalities ÷ (total population ÷ 100,000) = Drunk driving fatalities per 100k

Odessa, according to the study, has 6.26 DWI related fatalities per 100,000. Midland came in just under its neighboring city at 6.19 per 100,000. 

The Odessa Police Department responded to those statistics Wednesday saying they have increased DWI patrols within the city, although citizens must also exercise discipline. 

The Odessa Police Department is concerned about public safety on our roadways, and have ramped up DWI enforcement within our jurisdiction to try and lessen these numbers.  The best enforcement; however, relies upon the safety and discipline of our citizens and those that visit our city for business and entertainment.  The public can lower the number of fatality crashes in Odessa by being smart after having an alcoholic beverage to drink.  – The Odessa Police Department. 

The OPD is also encouraging drivers to always have a sober ride home and preventing someone who is intoxicated from getting behind the wheel. 

The Department also released crash stats from the last five years, which can be viewed below.