"We use a variety of techniques including DUI checkpoints, roving patrols targeting impaired drivers as well as routine enforcement where impaired drivers are observed and identified," said
The WalletHub survey cited
Tougher penalties for those caught driving under the influence have also had an impact, especially in reducing the number of repeat violators. For example, almost half the states now require all convicted DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicles they will be driving. These devices analyze the driver's breath and won't permit the car to start if alcohol is detected. The federal government estimates that these devices have reduced re-arrest rates of DUI offenders by 67 percent, according to WalletHub.
"A combination of education and enforcement is necessary to reduce the imcidents of impaired driving, thereby saving drivers and their passengers from serious injury or worse," Kulhawik said.
For a first DUI conviction in
According to the Connecticut Judicial Branch, there were 10,438 DUI arrests statewide in 2015. Of those, 6,204 cases were dismissed, 3,327 cases ended in guilty pleas or findings, three were found not guilty, 761 cases were nolled, and 142 people were subject to suspension of their driver's licenses.
The numbers were similar in 2014. There were 10,308 drivers charged statewide that year with 6,341 cases dismissed, 3,249 with guilty findings or pleas, five were found not guilty, 632 cases were nolled and 81 drivers were subject to license suspension.
WalletHub examined a number of key metrics to identify the strictest and most lenient states for DUI offenses. Those criteria included: minimum jail time for first and subsequent offenses, when a DUI is considered a felony, minimum fines for each offense, additional penalties for high BAC, when an ignition interlock is mandatory, length of license suspension, mandatory treatment, and average insurance increase.
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