Drunk Driving is very dangerous, and can lead to death or serious injury for not only the drunk driver, but also their passengers and innocent bystanders along the route they are driving. When I was in high school, I was rear ended at a stop light by a drunk driver, and was very fortunate that he was driving slow, so that I was not seriously injured. The man stumbled out of his truck, and was beating on my window, slurring his words. I called my dad on my cell phone, then the police, and when they arrived, it was discovered that this man had his license suspended and wasn’t supposed to be driving!
Many people don’t understand the difference between DUI and DWI. A DUI is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (even legally prescribed drugs) with a blood alcohol level over the state legal limit. A DWI is driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level over the legal state limit. Both are similar in definition, but the legal repercussions of a DWI are more severe in comparison to a DUI.
Every single death, injury, and repercussion of DUI’s and DWI’s are preventable. A simple plan for a sober designated driver or taxi to take you safely to your destination can help prevent all of those outcomes! With just a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of just 0.02 you can face some loss of judgement, altered mood, and decline in visual functions. As your BAC increases, your motor skills and reaction times decrease, you visibility decreases, and your judgment and processing abilities decrease.
DUI’s and DWI’s are both criminal offenses. If you are convicted, you will face a significant fine, license problems (suspension, revocation, points), higher insurance premiums, possible incarceration, potential loss of job, sommunity service, public record, etc. Laws and regulations vary by state, and a reputable criminal attorney is advised.