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SELECT A STATE from the National Totals dropdown menu to view statistics about impaired driving and underage drinking.

SELECT A LAW to view the details of each state’s impaired driving and underage drinking laws.

See how your state measures up to the rest of the country!

State Law: Sobriety Checkpoints
  • Permitted
  • Alternative to checkpoints
  • No Statutory Authority
  • Prohibited

Sobriety checkpoints are a common form of high visibility enforcement that creates general deterrence. In order to maximize the deterrent effect, checkpoints should be highly publicized, highly visible, and conducted frequently. If drivers perceive a high likelihood of being detected for driving while impaired they may be less likely to engage in the behavior.

Currently, 38 states and the District of Columbia utilize sobriety checkpoints as part of impaired driving enforcement efforts. Twelve states do not use checkpoints for the following reasons:

To learn more about high visibility enforcement, refer to our policy position.

To submit a law update, please contact out Director of Traffic Safety at erin.holmes@responsibility.org

2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality DataNational
Total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities10,265
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities29.3
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities1,021
Percent of Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Under 21 Fatalities23.0
2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100,000 Population
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population3.2
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population1.2
2006-2015 % Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K Pop
10-year Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop-29.0
10-year Change in Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop-49.7
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities Involving high BAC drivers (.15+)*
BAC=.15+69.2
Percent of Drivers in Fatal Crashes Involving Repeat Offenders
BAC .08-.1427.0
BAC .15+73.0
2013 and 2014 12-20 Year Old Alcohol Consumption (latest available)
Past Month Alcohol Consumption22.8
Binge Drinking in Past 30-days14.0
2015 Arrest Data
Under 18: Driving under the influence5,064
Total: Driving under the influence833,833
Under 18: Liquor laws33,155
Total: Liquor laws204,665
Under 18: Drunkenness4,243
Total: Drunkenness314,856

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data Source: NHTSA/FARS, 10/16

*Among drivers with a known alcohol test result

*Youth Consumption Data Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 12/15, (http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh)

*Arrest Data Source: 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report (Tables 38 and 69)

**Drunkenness is not considered a crime in some states; therefore, the figures may vary widely from state to state

*Limited, incomplete, or no data were reported by the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, and New York in the 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Data should be used with caution and should not be compared to other states or previous year data.

Note: Because the number of agencies submitting arrest data varies from year to year, users are cautioned about making direct comparisons between 2015 arrest totals and those published in previous years’ editions of Crime in the United States. Further, arrest figures may vary widely from state to state because some Part II crimes of the Uniform Crime Report are not considered crimes in some states.

For a comprehensive report on the 2016 State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America, click here.

StateState Law
AlabamaPermitted
AlaskaNo Statutory Authority
ArizonaPermitted
ArkansasPermitted
CaliforniaPermitted
ColoradoPermitted
ConnecticutPermitted
DelawarePermitted
District of ColumbiaPermitted
FloridaPermitted
GeorgiaPermitted
HawaiiPermitted
IdahoProhibited
IllinoisPermitted
IndianaPermitted
IowaNo Statutory Authority
KansasPermitted
KentuckyPermitted
LouisianaPermitted
MainePermitted
MarylandPermitted
MassachusettsPermitted
MichiganProhibited
MinnesotaProhibited
MississippiPermitted
MissouriPermitted
MontanaAlternative to checkpoints
NebraskaPermitted
NevadaPermitted
New HampshirePermitted
New JerseyPermitted
New MexicoPermitted
New YorkPermitted
North CarolinaPermitted
North DakotaPermitted
OhioPermitted
OklahomaPermitted
OregonProhibited
PennsylvaniaPermitted
Rhode IslandProhibited
South CarolinaPermitted
South DakotaPermitted
TennesseePermitted
TexasProhibited
UtahPermitted
VermontPermitted
VirginiaPermitted
WashingtonNo Statutory Authority
West VirginiaPermitted
WisconsinProhibited
WyomingProhibited