Idaho One of Most Lenient States on DUIs, Washington One of Most Strict According to Report
LEWISTON, ID - Idaho is one of the most lenient states when it comes to those who drive under the influence. That is according to a report from the personal-finance website, WalletHub. Drunk driving results in about one million arrests, 10,000 deaths, and $44 billion in economic damage each year, 2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States on DUI says.
In the report, WalletHub compared the drunk driving penalties in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Idaho is tied for 47th with North Dakota with total scores of 29.55%. Idaho's "criminal penalities" rank is 27th while the "prevention" rank is 49th. North Dakota's are 40th and 45th respectively, the report says.
Meanwhile, Washington State is one of the more strict states when it comes to drunk driving, ranking 15th with a total score of 50.45%. The "criminal penalities" rank is 20th while the "prevention" rank is 6th.
The most lenient state is South Dakota, while the strictest state is Arizona, the report says.
"In the interest of underscoring the financial downsides of driving drunk, WalletHub compared 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," WalletHub says.
You can find an overview of the strictest and most lenient states, followed by some additional highlights from the report: https://wallethub.com/edu/dui-penalties-by-state/13549/.