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