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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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Reading Eagle Pottstown area police to step up DUI enforcement Reading Eagle Pottstown area police departments are planning to intensify efforts to enforce drunken driving laws and other alcohol related laws. Over the next week, the multi jurisdictional DUI enforcement team will conduct at least one sobriety checkpoint

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