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Drinking & Driving Laws

Zero Tolerance Law (31-27-2.7)
If you are between the ages of 18 and 20, it is  against the law to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAL) above .02%. If you drink and drive, you could receive the following…
  • Fine of $250
  • 30 hours of community service
  • Required to attend a special course on driving while intoxicated
  • Suspended driver’s license for 1-3 months
.08% Per se Law (31-27-2)  
If you are 21 or older, it is against the law to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAL) above .08%. The per se law means that a person can be charged on a test of BAL alone, without evidence of impairment. If you drink and drive, you could receive the following….
  • Fine between $100 and $500
  • 10 to 60 hours of community service
  • Required to attend a special course on driving while intoxicated
  • Suspended driver’s license for 1-18 months
  • Imprisonment for up to 1 year

For people of all ages, penalties are more severe if a person has had more than one offense.

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