Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

It doesn’t matter which way a person views it, if they have had a drink—even if they are way under the limit—they are still driving under the influence. A DUI can cost a person more than a fine, but their driving license, their job, their credibility and much more, as well as theirs or someone else’s life. The 2103 Christmas drink driving campaign illustrated how important it was not have any alcohol whatsoever if you were driving during the holidays. It showed how a person could lose their partner, their friends, their job, their livelihood, their home and their car and driving license just for what would have been a couple of hours of recklessness. They show just how not worth it it is to take that chance and quite rightly so. Any person getting a DUI in Newport Beach or any other town or city in the country over the 2013 holidays may have come up against even less tolerance than usual. Many cities are cracking down hard on drunk drivers and the legal alcohol limits are being lowered all the time. Many states have taken a few points off their limits and some are going from .08 to .04 or less as their limit for drinking. Other states have legislation pending that might even have a zero tolerance on drinking alcohol while driving, therefore eliminating the legalities of at all.

What is a DUI
A DUI, DUII, DWI, OWI or OMVI can be each defined as one thing, regardless of the pretty titles they are given. They all boil down to one thing, drunk driving. A DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence—this could include any intoxicant such as drugs or alcohol. A DUII stands for Driving Under Intense Influence—very drunk. DWI means driving while intoxicated, OVI is operating while intoxicated, OMVI is operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Each can carry a stiff sentence for multiple offenders and some states have zero tolerance on first time offenders too.  Over one and a half million people get arrested each year on average for drunk driving. However, that number is now on the wane because of the new laws and lack of tolerance that judges show to offenders. People are being deterred from drinking and driving, which can only be a good thing.

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