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In the U.S. all states now have laws designating a "per se" blood alcohol concentration or limit (BAC) of 0.08 g/dL as the level of impairment (DUI).  Some states also have a lesser infraction, Driving While Impaired (DWI) for BAC's of 0.05 g/dL or above.  Other states impose a legal BAC limit of as little as 0.01 g/dL for drivers under 21 years of age which is also now the legal drinking age in all states.  The legal limit for the BAC for airline pilots is 0.04 g/dL.  Commercial drivers are subject to a similar limit.

Today most states require that drivers suspected of drunk driving face immediate arrest. The type of vehicle, such as automobile or truck, one is driving is immaterial.  The car or other vehicle is usually impounded at the scene by the police.

Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) or even prescription medications has been legislated in all states.  California has especially stiff DUID laws.  Unlike a DUI, there is no established limit for most drugs.  The law instead relies upon impairment evidence or the demonstration of sufficient consumption to result in impairment.  Blood tests are usually necessary to determine the nature and quantity of a drug in a suspect's blood.  Equipment is under development that will eventually allow law enforcement officers to perform roadside tests for the presence and blood concentrations of certain drugs.

Some states have more severe penalties for drivers convicted with a BAC over 0.15 g/dL or 0.20 g/dL.  In the case of driving under the influence with aggravating circumstances such as resultant severe injury or death to another party, some jurisdictions impose stiffer penalties or even felony prison terms.  Some states even increase DUI penalties in instances resulting in a high level of property damage.

All states also make it a crime to drive a car or other motorized vehicle under the influence of drugs (DUID) or a combination of drugs and alcohol.  It must be shown that the drugs or combination resulted in impaired driving ability for conviction although some states have banned driving with any amount of certain drugs.

 

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Senate Bill Would Toughen Pennsylvania DUI Laws For Repeat Offenders Tribune...
Senate bill would toughen Pennsylvania DUI laws for repeat offenders Tribune Review A bill aimed at toughening Pennsylvania39s driving under the influence laws is heading to the full state Senate. The Senate Transportation Committee passed the bill, Senate Bill 961, unanimously on Wednesday. Touted as historic, it is aimed at

Senate Panel OKs Tough New DUI Standards, Targets Repeat Offenders The Delaw...
The Delaware County Daily Times Senate panel OKs tough new DUI standards, targets repeat offenders The Delaware County Daily Times Drunk driving is bad enough and it only gets worse and more dangerous when offenders choose to drink and get behind the wheel again and again and again, said Sen. Andy Dinniman, D 19 of West Goshen, who is a member of the Senate Transportation

Tennessee Increases DUI Enforcement Over Holidays WKRN.com
WKRN.com Tennessee increases DUI enforcement over holidays WKRN.com NASHVILLE, Tenn. WKRN The Tennessee Highway Safety Office just began it39s impaired driving enforcement campaign for the holiday season. From December 13 to Dec. 31, state and local law enforcement agencies will increase enforcement of drunk driving

Holiday Season Brings Increased DUI Enforcement Valdosta Daily Times
10,000 Couples Holiday season brings increased DUI enforcement Valdosta Daily Times ATLANTA The Governor39s Office of Highway Safety is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and law enforcement officers this holiday season to remind all motorists that drinking and driving will not only get them on Santa Holiday Drive Sober Campaign Runs From Dec. 13 into New YearMaui Now Police across Solano prep for holiday DUI enforcement10,000 Couples all 42 news articles raquo

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