Arizona DUI Statistics (Compared to Other States)

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.

Arizona DUI Statistics - Compared with the rest of the United States

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
(DWI/DUI Coviction Penalty by state lookup tool)

Alcohol-Related Fatalities

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
1 Rhode Island 19 45 42.22%
2 Connecticut 103 266 38.72%
3 Wyoming 56 145 38.62%
4 North Dakota 50 131 38.17%
5 Texas 1,323 3,516 37.63%
6 Alaska 23 65 35.38%
7 Hawaii 33 94 35.11%
8 Oregon 155 447 34.68%
9 Lousiana 245 726 33.75%
10 Montana 75 224 33.48%
11 Wisconsin 189 566 33.39%
12 Maine 52 156 33.33%
13 New Mexico 98 298 32.89%
14 Delaware 41 126 32.54%
15 Idaho 70 216 32.41%
16 South Dakota 43 133 32.33%
17 Massachusetts 96 306 31.37%
18 Maryland 159 513 30.99%
19 South Carolina 301 977 30.81%
20 Illinois 307 998 30.76%
21 Arizona 272 893 30.46%
22 Pennsylvania 364 1,200 30.33%
23 Nevada 97 325 29.85%
24 North Carolina 411 1,379 29.80%
25 Alabama 247 849 29.09%
26 New Hampshire 33 114 28.95%
27 California 914 3,176 28.78%
28 Ohio 313 1,110 28.20%
29 Arkansas 149 531 28.06%
30 Minnesota 115 411 27.98%
31 New York 311 1,121 27.74%
32 Michigan 267 963 27.73%
33 Colorado 151 546 27.66%
34 Virginia 208 753 27.62%
35 Florida 797 2,939 27.12%
36 West Virginia 71 268 26.49%
37 Oklahoma 170 643 26.44%
38 Nebraska 65 246 26.42%
39 Vermont 15 57 26.32%
40 Tennessee 252 958 23.30%
41 District of Columbia 6 23 26.09%
42 Washington 148 568 26.06%
43 Mississippi 175 677 25.85%
44 Missouri 224 869 25.78%
45 Georgia 366 1,430 25.59%
46 Kentucky 192 761 25.23%
47 Iowa 78 320 24.38%
48 Kansas 84 355 23.66%
49 Indiana 178 821 21.68%
50 New Jersey 111 562 19.75%
51 Utah 43 276 15.58%
Nationwide 10,265 35,092 29.25%

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
Weekday, Daytime 17,105 1,347 8%
Weekday, Nighttime 9,741 2,874 29%
Weekend, Daytime 6,377 854 13%
Weekend, Nighttime 11,127 4,232 38%

Drivers in Fatal Accidents by Age

Age Range Total # of Drivers DUI Drivers Percent of Total
16-20 3,803 662 17%
21-24 4,654 1,404 30%
25-34 8,972 2,586 29%
35-44 6,894 1,652 24%
45-54 7,350 1,493 20%
55-64 5,997 945 16%
65-74 3,314 327 10%
75+ 2,641 152 6%

Drivers in Fatal Accidents by Gender

Gender Total # of Drivers DUI Drivers Percent of Total
Male 32,572 7,574 23%
Female 11,258 1,671 15%

Drivers in Fatal Accidents by Vehicle Type

Vehicle Type Total # of Drivers DUI Drivers Percent of Total
Passenger Cars 17,757 3,922 22%
Light Trucks 17,017 3,694 22%
Large Trucks 3,697 68 2%
Motorcycles 4,692 1,372 29%

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
4 Alabama 7,863 3,663,706 0.21%
37 Alaska 3,163 734,820 0.43%
11 Arizona 22,367 5,108,556 0.43%
37 Arkansas 6,919 2,686,917 0.25%
22 California 141,458 38,908,726 0.36%
44 Colorado 25,562 5,105,425 0.50%
8 Connecticut 8,148 3,301,351 0.24%
1 Delaware 386 945,934 0.04%
3 Florida 31,783 20,222,616 0.15%
9 Georgia 19,217 7,765,684 0.24%
41 Hawaii 5,250 1,164,233 0.45%
30 Idaho 5,844 1,515,358 0.38%
10 Illinois 32,285 12,869,257 0.25%
17 Indiana 14,428 4,703,413 0.30%
20 Iowa 9,028 2,502,758 0.36%
28 Kansas 7,186 1,883,819 0.38%
33 Kentucky 17,825 4,381,885 0.40%
5 Louisiana 5,339 2,467,765 0.21%
38 Maine 5,756 1,327,104 0.43%
26 Maryland 17,100 4,545,345 0.37%
2 Massachusetts 8,258 6,194,224 0.13%
16 Michigan 26,845 9,275,519 0.28%
32 Minnesota 20,830 5,267,955 0.39%
47 Mississippi 6,889 1,201,051 0.57%
21 Missouri 19,449 5,365,025 0.36%
34 Montana 3,674 892,390 0.41%
42 Nebraska 5,348 1,172,029 0.45%
13 Nevada 7,612 2,890,845 0.26%
31 New Hampshire 4,746 1,223,429 0.38%
14 New Jersey 22,201 8,116,733 0.27%
46 New Mexico 8,542 1,577,658 0.54%
15 New York 28,988 10,479,132 0.27%
45 North Carolina 35,967 6,955,485 0.51%
49 North Dakota 6,351 744,362 0.85%
35 Ohio 34,254 8,279,228 0.41%
18 Oklahoma 11,101 3,573,369 0.31%
43 Oregon 9.019 1,919,401 0.46%
25 Pennsylvania 44,615 11,980,252 0.37%
7 Rhode Island 2,591 1,056,298 0.24%
29 South Carolina 16,271 4,085,854 0.39%
50 South Dakota 7,305 790,395 0.92%
23 Tennessee 23,150 6,339,882 0.36%
6 Texas 64,971 26,993,502 0.24%
19 Utah 8,813 2,832,325 0.31%
24 Vermont 2,144 583,567 0.36%
12 Virginia 20,477 7,925,463 0.25%
27 Washington 24,627 6,543,817 0.37%
36 West Virginia 4,543 1,071,996 0.24%
40 Wisconsin 24,688 5,502,458 0.44%
48 Wyoming 3,157 523,926 0.60%
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