Michigan is in the top ten for leniency when it comes to those busted for driving under the influence. I suppose this is good news or bad news depending on whether you drink or drive or if you just want to stay safe while driving.

With drunk driving resulting in roughly 1 million arrests, 10,000 deaths and $44 billion in economic damage each year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States on DUI.In the interest of underscoring the financial downsides of driving drunk, WalletHub compared the penalties in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics, ranging from fines and minimum jail time to “ignition interlock device” requirements. Below, you can find an overview of the strictest and most lenient states, followed by some additional highlights from the report.

DUI Penalty in Michigan (1=Strictest; 25=Avg.):

  • 12th – Minimum Jail Time (1st offense)
  • 16th – Minimum Jail Time (2nd offense)
  • 21st – How Long Old DUI Factors into Penalties
  • 23rd – Administrative License Suspension
  • 16th – Minimum Fine (1st offense)
  • 18th – Minimum Fine (2nd offense)
  • 11th – Average Insurance Rate Increase After DUI
Source: WalletHub

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