State B.A.C. Limits

Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits for Enforcement of Impaired Driving Laws -- U.S. States - 2001

On October 23, 2000, President Clinton signed legislation that will require each state to pass .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the presumptive level of intoxication for driving, or lose a portion of their federal highway funding. States have until October 1, 2003, to pass a .08% BAC “per se" law that would meet the provisions of an existing federal incentive grant or face the withholding of 2 percent of their federal highway construction funds, as part of the new .08% law. States that have not passed a .08% BAC law by October 1, 2004, will lose 4 percent of their federal highway construction funds. States without .08% BAC per se laws by October 1, 2005, will lose 6 percent of their federal highway construction funds, and on October 1, 2006, and each year thereafter, states without .08% BAC laws will lose 8 percent of their funds.

Note: Some states impose lower BAC limits for drivers under age 21 and/or under age 18.

Note: Limits shown are for "per se" enforcement of impaired driving laws. Most states prohibit driving while impaired, regardless of BAC limit.

Blood Alcohol Limits
State BAC Limit% State BAC Limit%
Alabama 0.08 Alaska 0.08
Arizona 0.08 Arkansas 0.08
California 0.08 Colorado 0.08
Connecticut 0.08 Delaware 0.08
District of Columbia 0.08 Florida 0.08
Georgia 0.08 Hawaii 0.08
Idaho 0.08 Illinois 0.08
Indiana 0.08 Iowa 0.08
Kansas 0.08 Kentucky 0.08
Louisiana 0.08 Maine 0.08
Maryland 0.08 Massachusetts 0.08
Michigan 0.08 Minnesota 0.08
Mississippi 0.08 Missouri 0.08
Montana 0.08 Nebraska 0.08
Nevada 0.08 New Hampshire 0.08
New Jersey 0.08 New Mexico 0.08
New York 0.08 North Carolina 0.08
North Dakota 0.08 Ohio 0.08
Oklahoma 0.08 Oregon 0.08
Pennsylvania 0.08 Rhode Island 0.08
South Carolina 0.08 South Dakota 0.08
Tennessee 0.08 Texas 0.08
Utah 0.08 Vermont 0.08
Virginia 0.08 Washington 0.08
West Virginia 0.08 Wisconsin 0.08
Wyoming 0.08


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