On September 10, 1897, a 25-year-old London taxi driver named George Smith became the first person arrested for drunk driving. Smith was arrested after slamminghis cab into a building. At this time, Smith was fined 25 shillings.
The first laws in the United States against driving under the influence of alcohol appeared in New York in 1910. In 1936, Dr. Rolla Harger, patented the Drunkometer. In 1953, Robert Borkenstein, a former police captain and university professor invented the Breathalyzer. Nevertheless, DUI laws and enforcement only began getting stricter in the 1970s. The pressure from groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) contributed largely to many changes in DUI laws. Today, the legal drinking today age is 21 everywhere in the United States.
DUI History [INFOGRAPHIC]