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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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