Table 2-7: Impaired Driving High-Priority Legislation: 2001

Table 2-7: Impaired Driving High-Priority Legislation: 2001

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State Administrative per se (BAC level) Illegal per se (BAC level) Lower BAC for youthful DWI offenders (BAC level and age) License sanction (Mandatory minimum for a DWI conviction)
First offense Second offense Third offense
Alabama Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-90 days R-1 yr R-3 yrs
Alaska Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) R-30 days R-1 yr R-10 yrs
Arizona Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) S-90 days R-1 yr R-3 yrs
Arkansas Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms Nms Nms
California Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.01 (<21) Nms Nms R-18 mos
Colorado Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-1 yr R-1 yr
Connecticut Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms Nms Nms
Delaware Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-6 mos R-6 mos
District of Columbia Y-0.05 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) R-6 mos R-1 yr R-2 yrs
Florida Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-12 mos R-24 mos
Georgia Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms S-12 mos R-2 yrs
Hawaii Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days S-1 yr R-1 yr
Idaho Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days S-1 yr S-1 yr
Illinois Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-1 yr R-1 yr
Indiana Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days S-1 yr S-1 yr
Iowa Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) R-30 days R-1 yr R-1 yr
Kansas Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days S-1 yr S-1 yr
Kentucky A 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days R-12 mos R-24 mos
Louisiana Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms Nms Nms
Maine Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) S-60 days S-18 mos S-4 yrs
Maryland Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms Nms Nms
Massachusetts Y-0.08 N Y-0.02 (<21) S-45 days R-6 mos R-2 yrs
Michigan N 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days R-1 yr S-5 yrs
Minnesota Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.00 (<21) R-15 days R-90 days R-90 days
Mississippi Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days S-1 yr S-3 yrs
Missouri Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days R-2 yrs R-3 yrs
Montana N 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-3 mos R-3 mos
Nebraska Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) R-60 days R-1 yr R-1 yr
Nevada Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) R-45 days R-1 yr R-1.5 yrs
New Hampshire Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) R-90 days R-3 yrs R-3 yrs
New Jersey N 0.10 Y-0.01 (<21) R-6 mos R-2 yrs R-10 yrs
New Mexico Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-30 days R-30 days
New York A 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-I yr R-1 yr
North Carolina Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) Nms R-2 yrs R-3 yrs
North Dakota Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days S-365 days S-2 yrs
Ohio Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) S-15 days S-30 days S-180 days
Oklahoma Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) Nms R-1 yr R-1 yr
Oregon Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) Nms S-90 days S-1 yr
Pennsylvania N 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) S-1 mo S-12 mos S-12 mos
Rhode Island N 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-3 mos S-1 yr S-2 yrs
South Carolina Y-0.15 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms S-1 yr S-4 yrs
South Dakota N 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-1 yr R-1 yr
Tennessee N 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-2 yrs R-3 yrs
Texas Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) Nms S-1 yr S-1 yr
Utah Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.00 (<21) S-90 days R-1 yrs R-1 yrs
Vermont Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-90 days S-18 mos R-2 yrs
Virginia Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-1 yr R-3 yrs
Washington Y-0.08 0.08 Y-0.02 (<21) S-30 days R-1 yr R-2 yrs
West Virginia Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) R-30 days R-1 yr R-1 yr
Wisconsin Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms R-1 yr R-1 yr
Wyoming Y-0.10 0.10 Y-0.02 (<21) Nms S-1 yr R-3 yrs

KEY: BAC = blood alcohol concentration; DWI = driving while intoxicated; Y = yes; N = no; A = alternative; S = suspension; R = revocation; Nms = no mandatory sanction.

NOTES: An "administrative per se law" allows a state's driver licensing agency to either suspend or revoke a driver's license based on a specific alcohol (or drug) concentration or on some other criterion related to alcohol or drug use and driving. Such action is independent of any licensing action related to a DWI criminal offense. The term "illegal per se" refers to state laws that make it a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle at or above a specified alcohol (or drug) concentration in the blood, breath, or urine. In those columns showing mandatory sanctions, "nms" does not mean that a state does not have a sanction. It only means that the state does not have a mandatory sanction for that offense or violation.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2002 Early Edition, Washington, DC: 2003, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSFAnn/TSF2002.pdf as of Oct. 1, 2003.