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Everybody wants a decent society to live in. We crave clean streets, educated children and a secure ambiance, which is why such measures like Open Container Laws in the United States are conceived. In the U.S. the presence of open containers of alcohol in certain public places is prohibited.
The concept of a public place is defined as a social place, indoor or outdoor, generally open and accessible to people. In this context, public areas such as sidewalks, parks and vehicles restrict the active consumption of alcohol. As a rule, bars and restaurants do not fit in this category.
Driving under the influence is one of the most common problems in U.S. This is like a contagious disease, more and more people suffer from it and get arrested because of it. It doesn’t seem to disappear in the nearest future. Drivers should be conscious about the dangers they might cause to themselves and to the others while driving drunk.
Speaking about drunk driving it is important to mention such notions as DUI and DWI. DUI means driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. DWI refers to driving while intoxicated or while impaired. Both of them are considered criminal offences. Not sure what impaired means? Generally you are considered impaired if your ability to drive safe a car or a motor vehicle is affected because of consume of alcohol, illegal drugs, medications such as painkillers or overdose of other pills.
Drunk driving or driving under influence is a really dangerous and irresponsible act that people perform. After-party high spirit and good mood can turn into a tragedy for you, your family, for other people and their families because drivers with high blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) are at a great risk of car accidents, roadway injuries and vehicular deaths.
DUI is a traffic offense and violation of the traffic law. If you are caught committing such an offense you will face really severe penalties. You can pay a monetary fine or you can be imprisoned. The penalties depend on the complexity of your offense.
However, the penalties do not bring such a grief as the accidents that occur because of driving under influence. According to www.madd.org, every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash (9,878 people in total in 2011). Every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of this crime.
United States Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics (2009)
Three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.
Of fatal accidents in 2009, 32 percent involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
In 2009, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico made it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the 10,839 people who died in an alcohol-related crash, 7,281 (67 percent) had drivers with BACs above the legal limit.
For fatal crashes occuring from midnight to 3 a.m., 66 percent involved alcohol-impaired driving. Continue reading →
So if you thought that you’ve heard it all about cracking down on driving while intoxicated, the State of Kentucky has just raised the bar. In the law Blog - Lowering the Bar – there was a recent posting entitled: Don’t Ride Drunk in Kentucky that reported on this incident.
a 55-year-old Jessamine County man had been cited for riding while intoxicated. The man said he was trail-riding with some friends and had stopped to have something to eat “when the deputy arrived and told me to get off my horse.” He explained that he is severely diabetic and hadn’t eaten, and that is why he staggered after dismounting, not because he was intoxicated.
Unfortunately, his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, that he was found to be carrying rolling papers and a bag of marijuana, and that his saddle bags contained “several beers and a mason jar which he identified as ‘moonshine.'”
The man was charged with a violation of Section 189.520, “Operating a vehicle not a motor vehicle while under influence of intoxicants or substance which may impair driving ability prohibited.” I think that means, first, that whoever writes statute titles for Kentucky should be fired, but that won’t help the defendant.
The following is an interesting YouTube video that addresses some of these issue: