Arizona is the state taking the most aggressive stance towards driving under the influence (DUI), according to a report published by personal-finance website WalletHub.
The report, ‘2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States on DUI’, compares 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.
While Arizona, Georgia, Alaska, Kansas and Oklahoma rounded out the top five states with the strictest DUI policies, Idaho, North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and South Dakota were ranked as the states with the most lenient policies.
“The incidence of drunk driving has declined dramatically, but impaired drivers are still responsible for 10,000 deaths annually,” stated the report. “Clearly more can be done to protect Americans from irresponsible motorists.”
Drunk driving results in roughly one million arrests, 10,000 deaths and $44 billion in economic damage each year, according to the report.