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Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is defined as the operating of a motor vehicle and having consumed sufficient alcohol or drugs that would impair ones motor skills and mental ability to operate such vehicle safely.  This is sometimes also known as "drinking and driving" which involves the consumption of alcoholic beverages while operating a motor vehicle.

The legal term for drunk driving is driving under the influence or DUIA lesser related criminal offense is driving while impaired (DWI) which involves having a lesser amount of alcohol in ones system while operating a motor vehicle on public right of ways.  The term "motor vehicle" not only applies to automobiles but can include boats, aircraft, snowmobiles, ATV's and other such motorized conveyances.  By 2005 all states had passed legislation making it a crime to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08 g/dL or higher.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an estimated 1.4 million drivers were arrested for a drunk driving DUI or DWI in 2004.  One out of every 139 licensed drivers faced arrest.  It should be noted that some arrests occur when the vehicle is stopped but the driver is behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition.

In 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 16,885 alcohol related traffic deaths.  This was a 0.2% decrease from the 2004 statistics and a 5% reduction from the 1995 figures.  The NHTSA estimates that approximately 39% of all 2005 fatal accidents involved alcohol.  Of the children under 15 years of age killed in fatal accidents, 21% where killed in accidents involving alcohol.  Of the pedestrians killed in traffic accidents, in 44% of those accidents either the driver or the pedestrian had a BAC of 0.08 g/dL or higher.  And, in 52% of the alcohol related accidents resulting death, the driver had a BAC of at least double the legal limit.

 

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Officials Warn Of The Dangers Of Drunk Driving NewsChannel5.com
NewsChannel5.com Officials Warn Of The Dangers Of Drunk Driving NewsChannel5.com On Thursday, officials with the the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the State Highway Safety Office announced they will step up patrols and searches for impaired drivers this holiday season. The announcement came as agencies promote National Drunk Drugged and more raquo

Green Bay Police Chief Touts Decreases In Crime, Drunk Driving Deaths WBAY
WBAY Green Bay Police Chief touts decreases in crime, drunk driving deaths WBAY Chief Smith says after that deadly crash on Packerland Drive, one that killed parents Jim and Wendy Rush, Mayor Jim Schmitt asked him and the fire chief to work together to reduce OWI fatalities. quotIf you look back in time you39ve seen we39ve had as many Wisconsin man arrested on 12th drunk driving chargeThe Rock River Times all 18 news articles raquo

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Fox News 39Melrose Place39 actress Amy Locane Bovenizer reflects on fatal drunk driving crash: 39I think about the woman every day39 Fox News Bovenizer, who said she39s been sober since 2010, revealed she has a new purpose in life educating children about the dangers of drunk driving. Through Steered Straight, an organization that attempts to lead children in a positive direction through

Utah Law Enforcement Warns Against Drunken Driving Ahead Of Increased Holiday...
Salt Lake Tribune Utah law enforcement warns against drunken driving ahead of increased holiday season patrols Salt Lake Tribune At a Thursday morning news conference announcing increased police efforts to clamp down on drunk driving during the holiday season, Jan McMillian and her husband, Michael McMillian Sr., told the story of the fatal crash in an effort to warn people Utah law enforcement ramps up DUI patrols during holidaysfox13now.com UHP hopes holiday DUI patrols prevent more tragediesKSL.com all 4 news articles raquo

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