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DUI Enforcement? Hawaii Ranks 27th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 3852 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

From Wallet Hub June 15, 2015

With drunk driving causing nearly a third of all motor vehicle fatalities and with penalties for DUI varying widely by state, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Strictest and Most Lenient States on DUI.

To help drivers understand which states impose the harshest penalties on drunk drivers, WalletHub analyzed the enforcement rules in each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics. Our data set ranges from minimum jail sentences to ignition interlock device requirements that drastically reduce repeat arrests of previously convicted drunk drivers.

Hawaii Ranks 27th: 36th for 'Crime Penalties' and 10th for 'Prevention'


  Strictest States on DUI   Most Lenient States on DUI
  1 Arizona   T-41 New Jersey
  2 Alaska   T-41 Ohio
  3 Connecticut   43 Vermont
  4 West Virginia   44 Kentucky
  5 Kansas   45 Wisconsin
  6 Nebraska   46 Montana
  7 Utah   47 Maryland
  8 Virginia   48 North Dakota
  T-9 Georgia   49 Pennsylvania
  T-9 Washington   50 District of Columbia
  T-9 Delaware   51 South Dakota

Key Stats

Arizona has the longest minimum jail term (10 days) for first-time offenders, while West Virginia has the longest minimum sentence (180 days) for second-time offenders.

In 37 states, alcohol abuse assessment and/or treatment are mandatory, while sobriety checkpoints are common in 39.

The installation of an “ignition Interlock device” is mandatory in 24 states after a first arrest with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. The same is true in another 14 states with a BAC higher than .15. In seven states, these devices are mandatory only after a second offense, and in six states the device is never required.

Red states are stricter on DUIs, with an average ranking of 23.0, compared to 28.2 for blue states (1 = Strictest).

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