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2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality DataRhode IslandNational
Total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities1910,265
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities42.229.3
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities11,021
Percent of Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Under 21 Fatalities16.723.0
2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100,000 Population
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population1.83.2
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population0.41.2
2006-2015 % Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K Pop
10-year Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop-36.1-29.0
10-year Change in Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop-81.7-49.7
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities Involving high BAC drivers (.15+)*
BAC=.15+80.069.2
Percent of Drivers in Fatal Crashes Involving Repeat Offenders
BAC .08-.14NA27.0
BAC .15+NA73.0
2013 and 2014 12-20 Year Old Alcohol Consumption (latest available)
Past Month Alcohol Consumption31.122.8
Binge Drinking in Past 30-days19.314.0
2015 Arrest Data
Under 18: Driving under the influence95,064
Total: Driving under the influence2,591833,833
Under 18: Liquor laws5433,155
Total: Liquor laws588204,665
Under 18: Drunkenness04,243
Total: Drunkenness12314,856

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.

State LawState Law Detail
24/7 ProgramsNo 24/7 legislation
Administrative License Suspension/RevocationNo ALS/ALR law
BAC Test RefusalAdministrative and criminal penalties
Drug Evaluation and Classification Program51-100 DREs
DUI Child Endangerment LawsEnhanced penalties
DUI Look-back PeriodsFive years
DUID Zero Tolerance and Per Se LawsZero tolerance for some drugs
Enhanced Penalties for High-BAC0.15
Felony DUIThird offense
Good SamaritanNo Good Samaritan law enacted
Habitual Offender DesignationHabitual Offender Law Enacted
Marijuana Drug-Impaired Driving LawsZero tolerance for THC and metabolites
Open Container - AlcoholIn compliance with Federal requirements
Sobriety CheckpointsProhibited
DUI Courts - HybridNo Hybrid Courts
DUI Courts - StandaloneNo DUI Courts
DUID Affirmative DefenseNo affirmative defense
Open Container - MarijuanaNo marijuana open container law