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State Law: 24/7 Programs
  • Statewide program
  • Pilot program implemented
  • Pilot program authorized
  • No 24/7 legislation

Under the 24/7 program model, repeat DUI offenders are required to maintain sobriety as a condition of remaining in the community and avoiding incarceration. Participants are tested twice-daily for alcohol through scheduled onsite breath tests or with a continuous alcohol monitoring device. If an offender tests positive for alcohol or drugs, they are taken into custody and appear before a judge within 24 hours. The program is designed to hold offenders accountable through swift, certain, and meaningful sanctions with the ultimate goal of long-term behavior change.

As of 2016, three states (MT, ND, and SD) have implemented 24/7 statewide while others have established pilot programs at the county level (AK, FL, NE, and WA). Several states have passed legislation authorizing pilot programs but they have yet to be implemented (ID, WI, and WY).

To learn more about 24/7 programs, refer to our policy position or access a summary of state statutes.

To submit a law update, please contact out Director of Traffic Safety at [email protected]

North Carolina

2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data North Carolina National
Total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 411 10,265
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities 29.8 29.3
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 39 1,021
Percent of Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Under 21 Fatalities 23.5 23.0
2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100,000 Population
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population 4.1 3.2
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population 1.5 1.2
2006-2015 % Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K Pop
10-year Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop -12.7 -29.0
10-year Change in Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop -32.0 -49.7
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities Involving high BAC drivers (.15+)*
BAC=.15+ 65.2 69.2
Percent of Drivers in Fatal Crashes Involving Repeat Offenders
BAC .08-.14 32.3 27.0
BAC .15+ 67.7 73.0
12-20 Year Old Alcohol Consumption (latest available)
Past Month Alcohol Consumption (2014-2015) 17.0 21.6
Binge Drinking in Past 30-days (2012-2014) 11.7 14.4
2015 Arrest Data
Under 18: Driving under the influence 242 5,064
Total: Driving under the influence 35,967 833,833
Under 18: Liquor laws 507 33,155
Total: Liquor laws 3,309 204,665
Under 18: Drunkenness 0 4,243
Total: Drunkenness 0 314,856

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data Source: NHTSA/FARS, 10/16

*Among drivers with a known alcohol test result

*Youth Consumption Data Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 12/15, (http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh)

*Arrest Data Source: 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report (Tables 38 and 69)

**Drunkenness is not considered a crime in some states; therefore, the figures may vary widely from state to state

*Limited, incomplete, or no data were reported by the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, and New York in the 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Data should be used with caution and should not be compared to other states or previous year data.

Note: Because the number of agencies submitting arrest data varies from year to year, users are cautioned about making direct comparisons between 2015 arrest totals and those published in previous years’ editions of Crime in the United States. Further, arrest figures may vary widely from state to state because some Part II crimes of the Uniform Crime Report are not considered crimes in some states.

For a comprehensive report on the 2015 (latest available) State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America, click here.

State Law State Law Detail
24/7 Programs No 24/7 legislation
Administrative License Suspension/Revocation ALS/ALR law enacted
BAC Test Refusal Administrative penalties
Drug Evaluation and Classification Program 101-150 DREs
DUI Child Endangerment Laws Enhanced penalties
DUI Look-back Periods Seven years
DUID Zero Tolerance and Per Se Laws Zero tolerance for some drugs
Enhanced Penalties for High-BAC 0.15
Felony DUI Third offense
Good Samaritan Good Samaritan law enacted
Habitual Offender Designation Habitual Offender Law Enacted
Marijuana Drug-Impaired Driving Laws No marijuana-specific drugged driving law
Open Container - Alcohol In compliance with Federal requirements
Sobriety Checkpoints Permitted
Ignition Interlocks Mandatory high-BAC and repeat offender
Open Container - Marijuana No marijuana open container law
DUI Courts - Hybrid No Hybrid Courts
DUI Courts - Standalone 6-10 DUI Courts
DUID Affirmative Defense Special circumstances