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Michigan ranked one of most lenient states on DUI

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The war on drunk driving is going better in some states than in others.

A new report ranks Michigan as one of the most lenient states on DUI.

Drunk driving results in more than 1 million arrests, nearly 10,000 deaths and over $40 billion in economic damage each year in the United States, the personal finance website WalletHub reported.

The study looked at the fines and minimum jail sentences for driving drunk in each state, as well as ignition-interlock device requirements that show to drastically reduce repeat arrests.

In Michigan, a DUI is an automatic felony after the third offense.

There is no minimum sentence for a first time offender in the state and second time offenders have a minimum sentence of five days.

At the beginning of the month, a 12-year-old girl was killed in a Wayne County crash after her family’s vehicle was hit by a man with a dozen drunk-driving cases on his record. Read more on that story here.

In July, prosecutors said a Saginaw County man accused of drunk driving in a crash that killed his girlfriend and 4-month-old daughter had been arrested on drunk driving charges a month before the crash. Read more on that story here

For more information on the nationwide study, click here

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