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Strictest and Most Lenient States for DUI

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Liana DeMasi2 years ago

Analysts have reviewed drunk driving enforcement rules for all fifty states and ordered them by most lenient to most stringent.

Drunk Driving Sentences Vary State-by-State

According to MarketWatch, 30 people die every day in the U.S. due to car accidents that involved an alcohol-impaired driver.

That being said, certain states still have more lenient laws against drunk driving than others. There is no minimum jail sentence for a first-time offender in more than half of U.S. states.

DUI Facts by State

  • Arizona is the strictest state with a minimum sentence of 10 days for first time offenders. 
  • Arizona is followed by Alaska, Connecticut, West Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah and Virginia as the strictest states.
  • South Dakota is the least strict state due the fact that they have no minimum sentence for first or second time DUI offenders.
  • Other lenient states include D.C., Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Maryland, Montana, Wisconsin and Kentucky. 
  • All states say that driving with a blood alcohol concentration at or above .08% is a crime.  


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