DUI stands for “driving under influence”. It is commonly known as drunk driving. Drunk driving is an act of operating any motor vehicle when the person’s ability to drive is overshadowed by the alcohol consumption in the body. It means one’s blood alcohol content is higher than the limit set by the legal statues. This level is supposedly the level at which any person is not allowed to drive. The level of alcohol varies, which is set by the state statue, but it ranges from 0.8 to 10. So, for drivers who are 21 years or older, driving with a blood alcohol content known as BAC of more than 0.8 is an extension in state limits. For the drivers who are younger than 21 years, the state has set lower limits for them. The range of BAC is 0.00 to 0.02. Lower BAC limits are needed when operating boats, airplanes and commercial vehicles. It is illegal and extremely dangerous to drive with such a high level of alcohol content in blood. So, the criminal offence of drink and drive may be known as DUI (drive under influence).
Driving on a private property such as a parking lot does not amount to a strong defense but sitting in a non-moving vehicle without ignition might be used as defense. This is misdemeanors and it is variously called as DUI.
Laws are very strict for the offenders of drinking and driving. Arrest rate of alcohol related offences among the U.S. is more than double the population of total during 1996. Almost 4in 10 native Americans were in jail for the offense of public order, especially for the offence of driving while intoxicated.
For many parts of the country, DUI and DWI are the same offence of operating any motor vehicle while having blood alcohols content more than prescribed by the state limits. The law and order mainly focuses on the inquiry of whether the abilities of the driver are impaired by the substance which was consumed. There might be some difficulties while investigating whether the driver is impaired by the illegal consumption of digs or medication.
After the passage of federal litigation, the alcohol limit while driving has been set to 0.04% for the drivers. The federal motor carrier safety administration regulations restrict those who hold a commercial driving license from driving with alcohol consumption more than 0.04%.
A commercial driver with an alcohol consumption for more than 0.02% or more, but less than 0.04% needs to be removed from the duty for 24 hours.
There are some state laws that make it illegal to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of toxicities and while other states made it illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or any alcohol substance.
Drunk and driving is a public health concern in the U.S. of America, and reducing the cases of drunk driving requires lots of sanctions and laws to be strictly followed. Several intervention programs have been set up to reduce the effect and consumption of alcohol while driving and help all the countries in the world to save lives.