Drunk driving laws are an important way in which both legislators and law enforcement personnel have tried to limit the dangers of drunk driving on American roadways. Several different laws have been put in place not only to deter drivers from driving while intoxicated, but to effectively punish those who risk their own life and the lives of others by engaging in drunk driving as well.
One of the original pieces of drunk driving legislation, and perhaps the most well known, is called driving under the influence (or DUI). Other legislation includes laws against driving while intoxicated / impaired (DWI) and operating while intoxicated / impaired (OWI). An individual who is proven to be intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle can be charged with one of these offenses.
A newer offense, called illegal per se, makes it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. This figure was reduced from 0.10% a few years ago, and the limit is an even lower 0.05% in several states.
All states in the US currently have zero tolerance laws. These laws state that any individual under the age of 21 found driving with a BAC of 0.01% or higher will have their drivers’ license suspended immediately.
While drunk driving laws and proper enforcement of these laws have done considerable good in terms of decreasing the numbers of drunk drivers on US roadways, irresponsible and intoxicated drivers still get behind the wheels of automobiles every day, endangering everyone on the roadways.
If you or someone you know has been in an accident with a drunk driver, contact the Stevens Point drunk driving accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-248-0171 to schedule a consultation.