Study: How states vary in punishing drunk drivers

- If you are one of those who takes the risk of drinking and driving, you want to avoid the state of Arizona. 

It has the toughest penalties for DUI of any state in the nation, while Michigan comes in near the bottom at number 43.

Drinking and driving is an expensive proposition not only from a human health standpoint - 10,000 deaths - but from a cost as well, $40 billion in economic damages. 

The latest nationwide survey also reveals Ohio at 47 and the rest of the Great Lakes state show Illinois at 19th toughest, Minnesota at 29, Indiana and Wisconsin tied at 37.

The Wallet-Hub data also ranked the states on preventing drinking and driving and on that scale the most aggressive state is Arkansas while Michigan is ranked 40th again followed by Ohio at 47. Illinois, at number seven, has the best prevention effort, with Wisconsin at number 29, Minnesota at 30 and Indiana at 38.

One million arrests were recorded for DUI offenses across the country. The survey was based on the severity of fines, the length of jail time and ignition inter-lock device requirements that are know to drastically reduce repeat arrests.


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