There were 223 fatalities caused by car crashes in Connecticut in 2009. 114 of those were alcohol related. The law regarding drunk driving in Connecticut is straightforward. After undergoing a blood or breath test, if a driver is shown to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, then they are considered to be driving under the influence (DUI). A BAC of .16 can lead to an aggravated DUI charge and increased penalties. Connecticut also has a zero tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21. The BAC limit for minors is .02.
First time DUI offenders in Connecticut receive a jail sentence of 48 hours to 6 months. If their jail term is suspended, then they have to complete 100 hours of community service. The vehicle they were driving will be confiscated and impounded for a 48 hour period. They also have to pay a fine of $500 to $1,000. The drivers license will also be suspended for one year, and they must complete a substance abuse treatment program.
If a driver receives a second DUI within 10 years of the first in Connecticut, then the penalties become more severe. They will spend a minimum of 120 days in jail, and will be forced to complete at least 100 hours participating in community service. The required fines increase to a minimum of $1,000 to a possible $4,000. Connecticut courts will also suspend the drivers license for 1 year and impose a 2 year ignition interlock device requirement.
DUI / DWI facts and statistics in Connecticut
- In 2017, 12 out of the 120 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
- In the same year, 28 out of the 8,228 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
- In 2018, 7 out of the 115 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
- In the same year, 18 out of the 7,484 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
source: responsibility.org, fbi.gov
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