History of DUI

Curious about where your state's DUI policy came from? Generally speaking, DUI laws have existed for as long as cars have. But government authorities haven't always had the same view of DUI. For more on the history of DUI, read on!

History of DUI Penalties

The first DUI law was created shortly after the automobile was introduced: however, it was not until decades later that guidelines were introduced to clearly define the level of intoxication that the law would deem illegal. Originally, this limit was a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent, or almost twice today's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

History of DUI Movements for Stricter Policies

The 1970s saw the first attempts at the state and federal level to institute stricter legal limits to curb the spread of DUI across the United States. Citizen advocate groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving lobbied Congress starting in the 1980s to continue these attempts on a larger scale. As a result of pressure from the public, among other things, the legal limit for BAC was lowered to 0.10 percent, and then tightened once again to the current per se BAC level, 0.08%.

History of DUI Special Cases and Policies

Further specifications were added to the general per se limit and impaired driving laws. Commercial drivers have a standard legal limit of half the typical limit, 0.04 percent. Drivers under the legal age of 21 for consumption and purchase of alcohol are typically governed by a zero-tolerance law that either imposes penalties for any amount of alcohol in the system or a BAC of 0.02 percent, depending on the state.

DUI History Resources

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