Local and State DUI laws in relation to checkpoints



All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws defining it as a crime to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above a set level, 0.08 percent.

License suspension or revocation is a high possibility if you are convicted of a DUI.  Under a procedure called administrative license suspension, licenses are taken before conviction when a driver fails or refuses to take a chemical test.

Because suspension laws are independent of criminal procedures and are invoked right after arrest, they’ve been found to be more effective than traditional post-conviction sanctions. Administrative license suspension laws are in place in 41 states and the District of Columbia.

Some offenders in 46 states and the District of Columbia are permitted to drive only if their vehicles have been equipped with ignition interlocks.  These devices analyze a driver’s breath and disable the ignition if the driver has been drinking.

In 32 states, multiple offenders may have to forfeit their vehicles.

Laws prohibiting the driver, passengers, or both from possessing an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment of a vehicle are in place in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

StateBACLicense
suspension
Driving
Permit
Vehicle
forfeiture
Open
container

Alabama

0.08  90 days  nonodriver/passenger

Alaska

0.0890 daysafter 30 days1yesdriver

Arizona

0.0890 daysafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

Arkansas

0.08120 daysyes1yesctl4no

California

0.084 monthsafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

Colorado

0.083 monthsyes1nodriver/passenger

Connecticut

0.0890 daysyes1nono

Delaware

0.083 monthsnonono

DC

0.082-90 daysyes1nodriver/passenger

Florida

0.086 monthsafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

Georgia

0.081 yearyes1yesdriver/passenger

Hawaii

0.083 monthsafter 30 days1nodriver/passenger

Idaho

0.0890 daysafter 30 days1nodriver/passenger

Illinois

0.083 monthsafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

Indiana

0.08180 daysafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

Iowa

0.08180 daysafter 90 days1nodriver/passenger

Kansas

0.0830 daysnonodriver

Kentucky

0.088nonot applicableyesdriver/passenger

Louisiana

0.0890 daysafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

Maine

0.0890 daysyes1yesdriver/passenger

Maryland

0.0845 daysyes1nodriver/passenger

Massachusetts

0.0890 daysnoyesdriver/passenger

Michigan

0.082nonot applicableyesdriver/passenger

Minnesota

0.0890 daysafter 15 days1yesdriver/passenger

Mississippi

0.0890 daysnoyesno

Missouri

0.0830 daysnoyesno

Montana

0.08nonot applicableyesdriver/passenger

Nebraska

0.0890 daysafter 30 days1nodriver/passenger

Nevada

0.0890 daysafter 45 days1nodriver/passenger

New Hampshire

0.086 monthsnonodriver/passenger

New Jersey

0.08nonot applicablenodriver/passenger

New Mexico

0.0890 daysafter 30 days1nodriver/passenger

New York

0.08variable3yes1yesdriver/passenger

North Carolina

0.0830 daysafter 10 days1yesdriver/passenger

North Dakota

0.0891 daysafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

Ohio

0.0890 daysafter 15 days1yesdriver/passenger

Oklahoma

0.08180 daysyes1yesdriver

Oregon

0.0890 daysafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

Pennsylvania

0.08nonot applicableyesdriver/passenger

Rhode Island

0.08nonot applicableyesdriver

South Carolina

0.08nonot applicableyesdriver/passenger

South Dakota

0.08nonot applicablenodriver/passenger

Tennessee

0.08nonot applicableyesdriver4

Texas

0.0890 daysyes1yesdriver/passenger

Utah

0.0890 daysnonodriver/passenger

Vermont

0.0890 daysnoyesdriver/passenger

Virginia

0.087 daysnoyesno

Washington

0.0890 daysafter 30 days1yesdriver/passenger

West Virginia

0.086 monthsafter 30 days 1nono

Wisconsin

0.086 monthsyes1yesdriver/passenger

Wyoming

0.0890 daysyes1nodriver/passenger

1
Drivers usually must demonstrate special hardship to justify restoring privileges during suspension, and then privileges often are restricted. 
2 The 0.08 per se BAC law in Michigan contains a sunset clause which states that the legal BAC will revert to 0.10 on October 1, 2013. 

3 In New York, administrative license suspension lasts until prosecution is complete. 

4 In Tennessee, municipalities and counties can prohibit passengers from possessing an open container.

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