As someone who drinks and also drives….. but NEVER at the same time, I’m always amazed, saddened and angered at the people who Drink and then Drive. Did you know in the U.S. their are 300,000 DUI or DWI related incidents everyday? What must we do as a society to stop this horrible tradition?
Drinking and driving has become a social disease spreading like cancer. It leaves death, destruction and mayhem in it’s aftermath. Despite all of the commercials, public service announcements and hefty fines it still continues to spread throughout our communities.
DUI or DWI
DUI: Driving Under the Influence. DWI: Driving While Intoxicated. The two terms can be interchangeable depending on individual state laws. In some cases a driver may be under the influence of drugs (legal/ illegal) in which the term DUI may be used. The penalties for DWI may be lesser than the penalties for confirmed DUI.
If a police officer pulls you over for suspicion of drunk driving, besides asking you have you been drinking they will also perform Field Sobriety Test. These test may vary from state to state. Standardized Field Sobriety Test have been approved by the National Highway Safety Administration. They must be administered the same way each and every time regardless of the State or the officer administering the test. The results of these test may be used against the defendant in a court of law.
A little bit of planning goes a long way when going out for a night of drinking. A designated driver is someone who doesn’t drink and is able to drive anyone who is drinking home. Taxi cabs are another safe way to get home without incident. Calling a friend or family member and explaining you are unable to drive home safely. Read/learn more about DWI facts and Think before you get in your car after you’ve been drinking. Drink responsibly.