A new study was published this month by WalletHub ranking the
fifty US states and the District of Columbia on strictness and
leniency in dealing with DUIs and DWIs.
The study is comprised of a variety of factors which together
form a matrix ranking the different states. Factors utilized
include criminal penalties for first and second offences, state
considerations for a DUI to be a felony, fees imposed on first and
second time offenders, whether an ignition interlock system is
required by courts, insurance hikes and more.
This information is interesting considering the crackdowns on
alcohol related offences in recent years. Both due to increased
legal pressures and maturing social attitudes, drunk driving
fatalities have decreased by 52% from 1982 to 2013.
Furthermore, in 2012, DUI and DWI related offences accounted for
only 31% of motor vehicle fatalities according to federal
government data. In addition to the loss of human life, drunk
driving cost American taxpayers an average $60 billion per
The data yielded the following results:
1- South Dakota
2- District of
4- West Virginia
4- North Dakota
10- New Jersey
Various factors account for the ranking of each state but most
emphasis was placed on states with harsh punishments for first and
second time offenders. Arizona for instance, imposes an ignition
interlock system in vehicles after one DUI whereas South Dakota
does not at any point automatically require an ignition interlock
system, however one can be mandated by a judge.
The discrepancies between different punishments vary by state.
For instance, in 24 states, installing an ignition interlock system
in your vehicle is required after the first DUI. In 14 states, it
is only mandatory after the first DUI if the blood alcohol
concentration (BAC) is over 0.15% (the national limit is 0.08%). In
six states, ignition interlock systems are never required.
The reasons for this are diverse. Sometimes, federal funding is
tied to state law so that states have to impose stricter penalties
in order to receive the funding. Furthermore, organizations like
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have been instrumental in
lobbying for stricter laws in the federal government. Other states
simply have more rigourous police patrolling for DUI or better
public transit, so individuals feel less of a need to drive
This legislation is important as drunk driving continues to be
harmful not only to drivers themselves but also to society. In
2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol related offences
according to the National; Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This equates to one person killed every 52 minutes.
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