2018-Report to the Nation

STATE OVERVIEW

ALABAMA

4.5 3.

STATE SNAPSHOT

WAYS TO IMPROVE

In 2014, Alabama became the 21st state to pass an all-offender ignition interlock law, expanding the use of ignition interlocks to all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time convicted drunk drivers with an illegal BAC of .08 or greater.

• Conduct sobriety checkpoints at least monthly • Make ignition interlocks available to first-time offenders upon arrest • Enact a law making child endangerment a felony

ALASKA

4.5 3

STATE SNAPSHOT

WAYS TO IMPROVE

Alaska passed ignition interlock legislation for all convicted drunk drivers in January 2009.

• Strengthen interlock law by adding compliance- based removal • Legalize sobriety checkpoints and ensure they are conducted monthly • Make ignition interlocks available to first-time offenders upon arrest

ARIZONA

4.5 4.

STATE SNAPSHOT

WAYS TO IMPROVE

Arizona’s ignition interlock law requires convicted drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock (not wait out the interlock order) before obtaining unrestricted driving privileges. The first of its kind, this legislation passed in 2007 is one of the best in the country. As a result, drunk driving deaths in the state have decreased by 41.85 percent.

• Make ignition interlocks available to first-time offenders upon arrest • Create an indigent program so low-income interlock users have access to these devices. This program should be paid for by interlock vendors or non-indigent interlock users. • Advertise the ignition interlock law during twice yearly federally funded crackdowns on drunk driving (Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over)

ARKANSAS

4.5 3

STATE SNAPSHOT

WAYS TO IMPROVE

Arkansas has seen a 12.4 percent reduction in drunk driving fatalities since the 2009 law requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted offenders went into effect.

• Pass laws that allow for expedited warrants for suspected drunk driving offenders who refuse a test • Make ignition interlocks available to first-time offenders upon arrest • Enact a law making child endangerment a felony

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