## Table 2-7: Impaired Driving Laws: 2000

## Table 2-7: Impaired Driving Laws: 2000

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-0.10 | 0.10 | Y-0.00 (<21) | R-30 days | R-1 yr | R-10 yrs |

Arizona | Y-0.10 | 0.10 | Y-0.00 (<21) | S-90 days | R-1 yr | R-3 yrs |

Arkansas | Y-0.10 | 0.10 | 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-0.10 | 0.10 | Y-0.02 (<21) | Nms | S-120 days | R-5 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 | Nms | Nms |

Indiana | Y-0.10 | 0.10 | 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-0.10 | 0.10 | 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) | Nms | 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-0.10 | 0.10 | 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-0.10 | 0.10 | 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-0.10 | 0.10 | 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 | Nms | Nms |

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-60 days | R-90 days |

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 2000,
Washington, DC: 2001, available at
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSFAnn/TSF2000.pdf as of Jan. 4,
2002.