Arizona Is the Strictest State On DUI

With drunk driving resulting in roughly 1 million arrests, 10,000 deaths and $44 billion in economic damage each year, the personal-finance website WalletHub released an in-depth report on 2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States on DUI.

Drunk driving takes a terrible toll on the United States – one measured not only in dollars, but also far more importantly, in lives lost. It was to blame for 29% of motor vehicle fatalities in 2015, according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It claims roughly 10,000 lives per year. And it costs Americans more than $44 billion annually.

In the interest of underscoring the financial downsides of driving drunk, WalletHub compared the penalties in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics, ranging from fines and minimum jail time to “ignition interlock device” requirements. Below, you can find an overview of the strictest and most lenient states, followed by some additional highlights from the report.

Drunk-driving fatalities dropped by 57% from 1982 to 2014, according to the NHTSA, as states have cracked down on the practice. As a result, motor vehicle crashes are no longer among America’s top 10 causes of death.

DUI Penalty in Arizona (1=Strictest; 25=Avg.):

  • 1st – Minimum Jail Time (1st offense)
  • 3rd – Minimum Jail Time (2nd offense)
  • 21st – How Long Old DUI Factors into Penalties
  • 9th – Administrative License Suspension
  • 3rd – Minimum Fine (1st offense)
  • 3rd – Minimum Fine (2nd offense)
  • 14th – Average Insurance Rate Increase After DUI

For the full report click here

3 Comments on "Arizona Is the Strictest State On DUI"

  1. Judging by our last DUI fatality, a convicted drunk driver, driving on a suspended license, involved in a least 5 hit and runs prior to the fatal collision, and driving drunk again, I would say our laws aren’t strict enough. A drunk driver doesn’t care whether or not they have a license, as long as they have access to a vehicle they are going to drive. This drunk P.O.S. is now going to spend a very long time in prison, but it’s too late, she took a beautiful innocent person’s life.
    First D.U.I. conviction-1 year in prison with no early release.
    Second conviction-10 years in prison.
    Third- life at hard labor.

  2. No parking lots at the bar – problem solved.

    No proof of alternative transportation when ordering the drinks at the bar – no service

    If you want to get the drinkers off the road – I think these two measures would do that, but it’s not about getting drunks off the road, or those that have been drinking, its about alcohol sales.. and alcohol taxes and revenues much like tobacco it’s about the tax money. There’s money in fines and money in taxes, money in enforcement, money in confiscations its government mining the process of the public’s most popular past time – drinking.

  3. The Oracle of Tucson | August 11, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Reply

    I’ll drink to that, but I won’t drive afterward.
    After a severe dehydration seminar, SunVan is my designated driver.

    The Oracle

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