A 21-year-old driver in Arkansas will be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if their blood alcohol level (BAC) is .08 or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 are charged with a DUI if their BAC is .02 or higher. Drivers with a commercial license driving a commercial vehicle are charged with a DUI if their BAC is .04. If a driver uses drugs, like marijuana or cocaine, then driving will also result in a DUI. Out of 585 fatalities in car accidents in Arkansas in 2009, 211 were alcohol-related. In 168 of the 585, the driver had a BAC of .08 or higher.
First-time offenders in Arkansas face a minimum of 24 hours in jail, and they can receive up to 1 year of public service. If a child is under the age of sixteen in the vehicle, the driver might have to serve a jail sentence that lasts from 7 days to 1 year. The fine for a first time DUI ranges from $150 to $1,000. The driver’s license will also be suspended for six months, and an ignition interlock device might be assigned. On top of those penalties, the driver will have to attend alcohol education classes or a treatment program and pay the associated fees. Finally, the driver may have to go to a victim impact panel.
A second DUI conviction in Arkansas leads to a jail sentence of 7 days up to a maximum of 1 year. For a second offense, the fines range from $400 to $3,000. The driver’s license will also be suspended or revoked for at least 24 months. The penalties are worse if the second offense occurs within 5 to 10 years of the first one.
How to find out if I have a DUI record in Arkansas
To find out if you have a DUI or a DWI record in the stats of Arkansas, you can call this number: 501-682-7204 at Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration or show up in person at this address: Driving Records, Ragland Building- Room 1130, 1900 W. 7th St. Little Rock, AR 72203
DUI / DWI facts and statistics in Arkansas
- In 2017, 15 out of the 140 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
- In the same year, 32 out of the 5,988 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
- In 2018, 18 out of the 134 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
- In the same year, 50 out of the 5,761 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
source: responsibility.org, fbi.gov
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