Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most common infractions across America. In 2015, the country as a whole arrested 1,171,903 people for DUI. The State Justice Department, Federal Highway Administration offers myriad drunk driving statistics.
How Do DUI Penalties Compare?
Arizona is widely recognized as having some of the harshest DUI penalties in America. But how do these penalties compare to the states with the highest and lowest rates of DUI arrests? The table below assumes it is the driver's first offense on a standard DUI charge, meaning a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher.
|State||National Rank DUI Arrests||Mandatory Jail Time||Fines||License Suspension||Ignition Interlocking Device|
|Wyoming||1||Maximum 6 months||Up to $750||90 Days||No|
|Arizona||7||Minimum 24 hours||Minimum $250||90-360 Days||Yes|
|Delaware||50||Maximum 6 months||Minimum $500||12-24 Months||No|
In 2015, the most recent year for fatality statistics, 10,265 people lost their lives in automobile accidents in which at least one driver was alcohol-impaired. This equals 29.25 percent of all traffic-related deaths.
The following table presents the total number of accident fatalities in 2015, and what percentage of those were due to one or more drivers being DUI. The table is sorted by percentage, with Rhode Island having the highest percent of alcohol-related accident fatalities and Utah the lowest.
|Nationwide Placement||State||DUI Fatalities||Total Fatalities||Percentage|
|41||District of Columbia||6||23||26.09%|
Nationwide Demographics of DUI Drivers in Fatal Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a breakdown of when fatal accidents occur (day versus night, weekday versus weekend) and demographics of the drivers and their vehicles. Please note that, in some instances, the total numbers do not equal the demographic breakdowns. This is due to the fact that these factors are unknown in some accidents.
In the following table, daytime is measured as occurring between 6:00 AM and 5:59 PM. The weekend begins at 5:59 PM Friday and ends at 5:59 AM Monday morning.
Fatal Drivers by Day and Time
|Day & Time||Total # of Drivers||DUI Drivers||Percent of Total|
Drivers in Fatal Accidents by Age
|Age Range||Total # of Drivers||DUI Drivers||Percent of Total|
Drivers in Fatal Accidents by Gender
|Gender||Total # of Drivers||DUI Drivers||Percent of Total|
Drivers in Fatal Accidents by Vehicle Type
|Vehicle Type||Total # of Drivers||DUI Drivers||Percent of Total|
DUI Arrests in 2015
Arizona saw 22,367 DUI arrests in 2015 (the most recent year these statistics are available), the eleventh highest rate nationwide in both number and percentage of the population. With an estimated population of 5,108,556, the number of people arrested for DUI in Arizona equals 0.43 percent of the state's overall population.
The following table presents the total number of DUI arrests in 2015, and what percentage that number is of the state's overall population. The table is sorted by percentage, with South Dakota having the highest percent of DUI arrests and Delaware the lowest.
|Nationwide Placement||State||DUI Arrests||Population Size||Percentage|
|80||28||$199 Billion||63||29+ Million||239||720||4,000|
|# of times someone drives drunk before getting caught||# of people who die every day in drunk driving accidents||Annual cost of drunk driving in America||Percent of people who will be involved in a drunk driving accident||# of people who admit driving drunk in 2015||# of children killed in drunk driving accidents in 2015||# of people injured every day in drunk driving accidents||# of people arrested every day for drunk driving|
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