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Driving Under the Influence (DUI / DWI)

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Driving under the influence, is the act of operating a vehicle while impaired by the effects of alcohol or other drugs. The designation of the offense can vary from state to state, and includes "driving under the influence (DUI)," "driving while intoxicated (DWI)," "operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OUI)." Drunk driving laws often extend to a number of different vehicles, including cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, motor homes and even lawnmowers.

Laws vary by state but generally make it unlawful for an individual to operate a motor vehicle if the the driver's ability to operate the vehicle according safely is impaired by the effects of drugs, alcohol, prescription medication or over-the-counter medications; or if the driver's intoxication level is above the state standard.

In most states, if a person is found to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or greater he or she is presumed by law to be driving under the influence.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is an organization that works to increase attention on this issue and actively lobbies for stricter laws to punish offenders.



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