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Appendix A
Motor Vehicle Statutes That Address Child Endangerment

As indicated above, many States have child endangerment/impaired driving statutes. These statutes are compiled below:

ALABAMA

Ala.Code § 32-5A-191(a) and (n) (2005)
Driving under the influence

(a) A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle while:

  1. There is 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood;
  2. Under the influence of alcohol;
  3. Under the influence of a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving;
  4. Under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving; or
  5. Under the influence of any substance which impairs the mental or physical faculties of such person to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving.

(n) When any person over the age of 21 years is convicted pursuant to this section and a child under the age of 14 years was present in the vehicle at the time of the offense, the defendant shall be sentenced to double the minimum punishment that the person would have received if the child had not been present in the motor vehicle.

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