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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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New Tech And Laws To Shut Down DUI Roadshow CNET CNET
CNET New tech and laws to shut down DUI Roadshow CNET CNET For all the dramatic improvements made in road safety, drunk driving still kills people like it39s yesteryear. Over 10,000 people die in DUI crashes annually in the US, accounting for about 30 percent of all traffic deaths and roughly equal to a year of New tech and laws to shut down DUI BrinkwireBrinkwire press release all 1 news articles raquo

Avoid Detours On DUI Laws Daily Press
Daily Press Avoid detours on DUI laws Daily Press The bill proposed by Sen. Richard Stuart, R Montross, would have specified that DUI should only apply to public roadways. Without General Assembly action, the law can capture homeowners with alcohol in their system while moving their cars from one spot

Arizona Woman Disputes Her DUI Arrest Was Made On Wedding Day AZCentral.com
AZCentral.com Arizona woman disputes her DUI arrest was made on wedding day AZCentral.com Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the U.S. Learn about the laws and how to steer clear of the penalties. Wochit. When tweeting the photo, Scott wrote, quotDon39t drive impaired, till death do we part doesn39t need any help.quot He said his aim was and more raquo

The Trouble With Detecting And Proving Marijuana DUI Ventura County Star
Ventura County Star The trouble with detecting and proving marijuana DUI Ventura County Star Other current law enforcement evaluation tools are a poor fit for evaluating DUIC. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, funded research to standardize and validate field sobriety

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