Have you been arrested for drunk driving? Well, your case is not the only one. In 2011 over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in U.S. for drunk driving.
Drunk driving refers to the process of operating a motor vehicle while the driver is under the influence of alcohol. This is also known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). In order to prove that you are drunk the police officer can administrate you the Breathalyzer test, if you blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over a set limit, you are charged with drunk driving. In most of the cases the BAC limit is 0.08%. Another drunk driving tests are blood test, urine test and field sobriety test. If a driver refuses to submit such testing, it may lead to enhancement of imposed penalties.
There are also a couple of evidences that show that the driver may be drunk. Unusual driver’s conduct or appearance may cause suspicions. If driver’s breath smells like alcohol and his or her speech is slurred and thick, it can be a sign of drunkenness.
Drunk driving is a crime and the punishments for this may be very severe. They include fines, suspension, probation, imprisonment, restriction and sometimes even revocation of driver’s license. In rare cases the driver should attend a course in alcoholism or do community service. In very serious cases and if the driver were convicted multiple times the police can impound the vehicle or forfeit it.
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