DUI Fact Sheet & Prevention Guide

Driving under the influence (DUI) of behavior-altering drugs or alcohol is against the law in every state. While laws and penalties may vary from state to state, the consequences of drinking and driving are similar in severity. In every state, chemical tests and field sobriety tests are used to determine the presence and level of alcohol. The standardized field sobriety tests are set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and include three simple tests: walk-and-turn, one-leg stand, and eye movement. Some law enforcement officials may also choose to go forward with standard chemical tests, which generally include breath analysis, urine analysis, and/or blood analysis. Depending on the specifics of the arrest and conviction, the police officer is responsible for determining the statutory offense based on test results and their observations. Since DUI and penalties differ depending on where you live, it’s important to understand your state’s laws regarding DUI. Learn more about marijuana DUI and prevention by reviewing the facts and resources below:


Penalties of a DUI

DUI Laws by State

Law Enforcement

DUI and Ignition Interlocks


By Ted Burgess