DUI/DWI Drunk Driving Lawyer

What is Drunk Driving Law?

Driving while drinking or being drunk is a life-threatening act by an individual. An individual indulging in drunk driving can be impaired mentally or physically. A family may loose its bread-winner due to a drunken driving accident. It is against the laws in almost all the legal authorities within the U.S. It is the responsibility of each individual to respect and follow the laws and rules formed by the government. In return, the U.S. law commits its citizens to protect them against any injustice done to them by anyone.

 

The action of drunk driving is termed as a Criminal Offence. It I also termed as driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence of drug (DUI). These laws are also applicable to those piloting aircraft or boating.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a data which shows that 17,419 people lost their lives in 2002 in alcohol-related accidents. A major percentage of total traffic deaths in the United States is of those who are victims of these accidents. The percentage of such accidents is increasing day by day. In the U.S., nearly five lakh people were injured badly in alcohal-related accidents. Alcohol-related accidents are those accidents where the driver, passenger or pedestrian involved has any sign of alcohol usage. NHTSA says that there is no other country like the U.S. that uses such criteria in their statistical computations.

 

Drunk Driving or Drinking and Driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol (ethanol) or other drugs, to the degree that mental and motor skills are impaired. It is illegal in most jurisdictions within the U.S..

 

The specific Criminal Offence is usually called driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence [of alcohol or other drugs] (DUI). Such laws may also apply to boating or piloting aircraft. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 17,419 people died in 2002 in alcohol-related collisions, representing 41 percent of total traffic deaths in the United States.

 

Over 500,000 people were injured in alcohol-related accidents in the US in 2001. Alcohol-related is defined to include any driver, passenger or pedestrian involved in a fatal crash who has any trace of alcohol or suspicion of alcohol usage. According to the NHTSA, no other country uses these criteria in their statistical computations.

 

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Laws on Drunk Driving:

DUI and DWI Law:

Driving under the influence drunk driving or drink-driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle (and sometimes a bicycle or similar human-powered vehicle) after having consumed alcohol (ethanol) or other drugs to the degree that mental and motor skills are impaired. The permissible legal blood alcohol limit varies from.05 to .10 depending upon the state. Moreover in some states you do not even have to be operating a motor vehicle to be charged with DUI – you only need to be sitting behind the wheel; for instance if you’ve pulled over to sleep it off you can still be charged with DUI in certain states.

 

Different terms are being used for the purpose depending upon your state. Some of the popular terms used are:

  • DWI: Driving While Intoxicated
  • OUI: Operating under the Influence
  • OWI: Operating While Intoxicated
  • OMVI: Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated

 

Each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles maintains a database of motorists including their convicted traffic violations. The conviction for alcohol-impaired driving is generally followed by License suspension or revocation. As per administrative license suspension procedure licenses are taken before conviction when a driver fails or refuses to take a chemical test. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have administrative license suspension laws.

 

46 states and the District of Columbia permit some offenders to drive only if their vehicles have been equipped with ignition interlocks. These devices analyze a driver’s breath and disable the ignition if the driver has been drinking.

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