Fri. May 24th, 2024


SANTA FE (KSMX)- A new study by Siegfried and Jensen has compared DUI-related legislation and penalties across all 50 US states. According to the rating system, New Mexico ranked as the third most lenient state overall.

While South Dakota was identified as the state with the most lenient laws and legislation, Wyoming and New Mexico followed closely behind.

The cost of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol can vary greatly depending on where you are in the U.S., new research from Siegfried & Jensen reveals. By analyzing each state’s statistics on impaired driving fatalities as well as impaired driving injuries and comparing that info to their individual laws and penalties, the study ranked each state on a scale of 1 to 100 to show which have the most severe DUI consequences.

The states received a score on each of the metrics based on their impaired crash statistics, BAC limits, DUI, fines, penalties and relevant legislation. States with the highest scores were deemed strictest, while states with the lowest scores – most lenient.

Numeric factors (fatalities, jail times, fines, penalties) were scored proportionally, whereby a higher/lower value was assigned a higher/lower score. Legislation factors were scored on a yes/no basis, whereby a state got maximum points for having the relevant law and 0 points for not having it.

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