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August 15, 2016

When it comes to DUI, New Jersey could do a lot more. It’s been ranked 44th among all states and the District of Columbia when it comes to how strict it is with those arrested for driving under the influence, according to a recent study from WalletHub, the personal finances website.

Contributing to New Jersey’s poor showing: There is no minimum sentence for a first-time DUI conviction; a second offense puts the driver behind bars for a minimum of two days. Compare that with Arizona, which has the strictest penalties: 10 days jail time for a first offense; 90 for a second. And in New Jersey, DUI convictions do not automatically convert to felonies. In neighboring New York, they do on the second offense.

The most lenient state when it comes to dealing with DUI: South Dakota, which finished 51st.

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