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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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WKRG California Police: Drunk Driver Crashes Into Report Drunk Driving Sign WKRG Before the vehicle landed on its rood, it struck a sign that reads Report Drunk Drivers Call 911. DeWitt was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Police say he39ll be charged with you guessed it Driving Man drives drunk into 39Report Drunk Drivers39 sign WISCChannel3000.com WISC TV3 Man drives drunk into 39Report Drunk Drivers39 signWJXT Jacksonville A Third of Traffic Fatalities in California Due to Drunk DriversLos Angeles DUI Attorney blog all 7 news articles raquo

Mich. Crash Deaths Rise Cops Cracking Down On Drunk Driving The Detroit News
The Detroit News Mich. crash deaths rise cops cracking down on drunk driving The Detroit News Detroit Law enforcement and traffic safety agencies are asking motorists to make sure they arrive and return from their destinations safely as Labor Day the deadliest for holiday traffic crashes in Michigan since 1972 approaches. The Do a 360 Do a 360 Campaign Aims to Prevent Drunk Driving This Labor DayWSGW THSO Partners With CPD To Increase Drunk Driving Enforcement The Chattanoogan Law enforcement prowling for drunk drivers before Labor Day Magnoliareporter Clarksville Now Ontario Argus Observer all 47 news articles raquo

Minnesota DWI Courts Aiming To Reduce Drunk Driving Fox21Online FOX 21 Online
Minnesota DWI Courts Aiming to Reduce Drunk Driving Fox21Online FOX 21 Online ST. PAUL, Minn. Extra DWI enforcement on Minnesota roads begins Friday, Aug. 18, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic and more raquo

Police: Drugged And Drunk Driving Crashes Surge On Central Coast KSBY San Lu...
Police: Drugged and drunk driving crashes surge on Central Coast KSBY San Luis Obispo News Drunk and drugged driving is surging across California and local police say they39re seeing the same trend play out here on the Central Coast. quotWhat we are seeing is a combination of alcohol as well as marijuana and other prescription drugs,quot said Sgt

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