New Jersey’s DUI laws and punishments are some of the more lenient ones in the United States, according to this study by WalletHub. The study ranked New Jersey as the 44th strictest state.
One reason New Jersey ranks on the lenient side is that it does not automatically suspend driver’s licenses for those charged (but not yet convicted) of DUI. Also, in New Jersey it is not automatic that someone with more than one DUI will be charged with a felony, which is the case in other states.
States more lenient than New Jersey are:
- North Dakota
- District of Columbia
- South Dakota (the least strict)
The states with the strictest DUI laws:
- Arizona (the most strict)
The study looked at 15 factors when deciding the rankings. It took into consideration things like:
- Minimum jail time and fines for first and second convictions
- The effect of having more than one DUI conviction
- Whether there are additional penalties for high blood alcohol content (BAC)
- Whether a state requires an ignition interlock after a conviction
- Insurance rate increases after DUI
The requirement of an ignition interlock is said to have reduced re-arrest rated by 67%. This device requires that the driver breathe into it, and it will not allow the car to start if alcohol is detected.
The study also determined that the average fine in the U.S. for first DUI is $347. In addition, 37 states, including New Jersey, require alcohol abuse assessments and/or treatment after a DUI. Finally, the study noted that red states have tougher DUI laws than blue states.
The study said that stricter DUI laws across the country have resulted in fewer accidents. States began enacting stricter laws in the 1980s, and drunk driving deaths have declined by about 57% since that time.
Due to this decline, WalletHub states that motor vehicle crashes are no longer in the top 10 causes of death in the U.S.
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