South Dakota


South Dakota is one of the lowest rated states for its drunk driving laws. In 2011, a law was passed allowing for the use of ignition interlocks started in conjunction with the state's Sobriety 24/7 program. This move limits the use of interlocks to repeat and first-time offenders with a BAC of .17 or greater. MADD asks lawmakers to strengthen DUI law and expand the current interlock law to include all convicted drunk drivers with a BAC of .08 or greater. The state could also better protect children from drunk drivers by enacting a child endangerment law. Find out more about South Dakota's ignition interlock law



Drunk Driving:

43 representing 33% of all total traffic deaths, a 2.3% decrease from last year.

7,305

For more information on statistics, please contact MADD's Government Affairs department at policy@madd.org.

Underage Drinking:

32.60%

33,000

23.20% people

24,000 people

SAMHSA Report to Congress on The Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking, May 2011
NOTE: Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.



Laws:

Vehicular Homicide
Statutes providing for penalties to be brought against a drunk driver who kills another person through the operation of a motor vehicle, either intentionally or negligently.

Mandatory BAC Testing for Drivers who Survive
Mandatory blood alcohol testing of all drivers involved in serious injury crashes who survive.

Mandatory BAC Test for Drivers Who are Killed
Statutes which create mandatory testing for all drivers killed in vehicle crashes.

Ignition Interlocks
Statutes which allow for a judge or administrative agency to order a convicted drunk driver to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for a period of time following a conviction for drunk driving

DUI Felony
Law that makes DUI/DWI a felony offense based on the number of prior convictions.

.08 Per Se Law
Law that makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration.



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